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Joint Resolution to Provide for a Reorganization of the University of South Carolina and of the State Normal School

June 7, 1877

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1877 Special, Pages 314-315.

Whereas experience has demonstrated that the existing methods of conducting the University of South Carolina and the State Normal School are impracticable and unnecessarily expensive, and that the results attained under them are commensurate neither with the liberal design of the Legislature nor with the hopes of the people who are taxed for the maintenance of these institutions of learning; and whereas sound public policy manifestly dictates the expediency of placing these and similar institutions, as far as may be practicable, upon such a basis as will enable them to afford the largest possible educational advantages to all classes of citizens at an outlay compatible with the present embarrassed condition of the finances of the State; therefore,

SECTION 1. Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That His Excellency the Governor be, and he is hereby, directed to assume control of all the property, real and personal, of the State University and Normal School now belonging to and used by these institutions and to place the same in the custody and under the management of some discreet and competent person, who shall have the power, by and with the advice and consent of the Governor, to rent the dwelling houses thereof to suitable tenants and use the proceeds arising from such rentals in keeping all the property in good condition and repair and in compensating himself for his services in this regard; Provided, That such compensation shall be determined by the Governor, and that an itemized account of the receipts and expenditures herein contemplated shall be transmitted, through the Governor, to the General Assembly, at its next regular session, and annually thereafter until it shall be otherwise ordered by the Legislature.

SEC. 2. That His Excellency the Governor and the Board of Trustees, who, together with the Chairman of the Committees on Education of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, respectively, shall constitute a Commission to inquire into and devise plans for the organization and maintenance of one university or college for the white and one for the colored youths of the State, which said universities or colleges shall be kept separate and apart, but shall forever enjoy precisely the same privileges and advantages with respect to their standards of learning and the amounts of revenue to be appropriated by the State for their maintenance. This Commission to report by Bill or otherwise at the next regular session of the General Assembly and to receive no compensation for the services of its members.

SEC. 3. That said Commission shall suggest such measures as they may deem necessary to secure a more economical management of said institutions and to consolidate where practicable the different departments thereof.

Approved: June 7, 1877



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