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The Watt Family Innovation Center

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With the exception of the opening keynote addresses, all of the “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work” conference sessions took place at The Watt Family Innovation Center, the most technology-enhanced academic building on the Clemson University campus.


Tillman Hall

Tillman Hall image

The opening plenary session, with talks by Eric Foner and Randall Kennedy, began at 5 p.m. Nov. 28 at Tillman Hall Auditorium. The building and its clock tower are an iconic symbol at Clemson University, and its current name remains highly controversial. Known as Old Main until 1946, it was renamed after former South Carolina Governor Benjamin Ryan Tillman. Construction began in 1890, using convict labor.


Special Collections & Archives

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Conference participants may wish to explore the Special Collections & Archives at Clemson University during lunch breaks or on their own time. The repository is located on the lower level of the Strom Thurmond Institute. Hours are 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Fort Hill

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Fort Hill is a National Historic Landmark situated at the center of the Clemson University campus – and its history. Fort Hill was the home of John C. Calhoun from the time he served as vice president of the United States under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson until his death in 1850. Calhoun’s son-in-law Thomas Green Clemson bequeathed the Fort Hill plantation to South Carolina so the state could use the land to found a scientific and agricultural college. New campus signage, printed materials and an online exhibition share some of the history of the African Americans there, including the people who were enslaved, worked as sharecroppers and convict laborers. The house is open for tours 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.



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During the “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work” conference, The Clemson University Barnes & Noble Bookstore sold a selection of books by conference presenters on location at the Watt Center. The bookstore itself is located in the Douthit Hills Hub. Hours are 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


R.M. Cooper Library

Cooper Library

The R. M. Cooper Library hosted a book display featuring works authored by conference presenters. The Library, which is located immediately adjacent to the Watt Family Innovation Center, also sponsored an onsite juried art exhibit titled “A New Birth of Freedom…,” featuring works by Upstate artists in a variety of media on themes related to “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work.” The invited juror for the show, which ran from Nov. 27 to Dec. 12, was Kendra Stewart-Tillman, director of the Harvey & Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center.