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An Act to Incorporate the Allen University of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of South Carolina.

December 24, 1880

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1880, Pages 482-483.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted 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 the Right Reverend W. F. Dickerson, David Pickett, Bruce H. Williams, Silas H. Jefferson, Montgomery M. Mance, Felix H. Torrence, Paul W. Jefferson, Samuel Washington, A. Thomas Carr, Wm. M. Thomas, Hiram Young, and their successors in office, be, and are hereby, created and constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the “Trustees of the Allen University of the African Methodist Episcopal Chumh of South Carolina,” for the purpose of organizing, establishing, governing, and conducting a University of learning, with departments of instruction, technical or otherwise, to be located in or near the city of Columbia, South Carolina; and that the said body politic and corporate shall be known by the said name of the “Allen University of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of South Carolina,” and shall be capable and liable in law and equity to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, to use a common seal, and to make all such by-laws and rules as they may deem necessary and proper for the regulation, government, and conducting of said University.

SEC. 2. That the said Board of Trustees of said University shall be elected by the annual Conferences of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of South Carolina, in any manner and for any such term of years as they shall deem proper; and said Board of Trustees of said University shall be further authorized to appoint or elect such officers as they may think necessary and proper for the organization and government of their own body. And should any vacancy or vacancies occur in the said Board of Trustees by death, resignation, or otherwise, during the period that the said annual Conferences of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of South Carolina are not in session, then that the said Board of Trustees shall have power to fill such vacancy or vacancies, subject to the approval of the said annual Conferences of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of South Carolina on their next assembling.

SEC. 3. That the said Board of Trustees and their successors shall have and hold all the estate, property, and funds now belonging to the said “Allen University of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of South Carolina,” and all other property, funds, money, donations, legacies, devises which may hereafter be granted, conveyed, bequeathed, devised or given to said Allen University for the benefit of said institution to any amount, not to exceed one hundred thousand dollars.

SEC. 4. That the said Board of Trustees of said Allen University shall have power to elect a faculty, comprising professors, tutors, and instructors, and assign their duties, and also power to remove in their discretion; to prescribe a course of study or curriculum; to confer degrees and diplomas, and such other honorary distinctions to graduates and others, as are given in institutions of similar grade.

SEC. 5. That the faculty proper (composed of professors holding chairs) shall also have auxiliary power, by and with the consent of the Board of Trustees, to prescribe a course of study, frame rules and regulations for discipline, and enforce all needful requirements for the educational interest of the said Allen University.

John D. Kennedy, President of the Senate.
John C. Sheppard, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Johnson Hagood, Governor.

Approved: December 24, 1880



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