A new university has been named after George Washington University’s founder, who was born in Washington, D.C.
The name Tarleton State University is being bestowed upon the former campus of the University of Tarleton, a small community of about 1,000 people about 30 miles northeast of downtown Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday.
It is the first time the name has been bestowed upon a public university in South Carolina.
Tarleton was the state’s largest town before becoming part of the state of South Carolina in 1814.
The university is known for its faculty of arts, humanities and social sciences.
The first woman to earn a master’s degree was a professor of English and American Studies in 1960.
The institution was founded by Dr. William W. Allen in 1860, and became a separate university in 1962, the first state-run university in the country.
The college was known as a community college until 1972 when the South Carolina State Board of Education voted to change its name to Tarleton University.
The board also voted to rename it in 2007, after the school had a reputation for being a hotbed of racism and anti-Semitism.