CLEMSON, SC (WCBD) – Some Clemson students and alumni want to change the name of the university’s honors college.
More than 200 people signed a petition to change it from “Calhoun Honors College” to “Clemson Honors College.”
Right now, the school is named for John C. Calhoun who owned the land where Clemson now sits.
His family members donated the property to the state after he died.
Calhoun owned slaves and defended white supremacy.
“I feel like if our school wants to embrace diversity, then they should agree with the petition and get his name off the honors college,” said Aniya Solomon, a student at Clemson University.
“Face it, we’re in South Carolina, we’re in the deep south. And this entire area of America was involved in the Civil War some way or another. And many of our historical figures did have something to do with slavery,” said Clemson student, Andrew King.
A university spokesperson said the school’s lawyers are reviewing the procedure for the name change process.