JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Jacksonville State University has dedicated its new business building to Hugh D. Merrill, cousin of Alabama Secretary of state John Merrill.

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The original building, which was first built in 1970, was destroyed by an EF-3 tornado in March 2018. Merrill Hall is 105,000 square-feet, it features a 300-seat auditorium, three-story atrium, common space, a Finance lab, job interview rooms, classrooms and offices.