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 there is hereby founded and established at Columbia, South Carolina, "The Winthrop Training School for Teachers;" that the particular aim and object of said school shall be to educate and train persons desirous of following the profession of teaching.
Sec. 2. That F. W. McMaster, R. L. Bryan, Wm. H. Lyles, E.
S. Joynes, W. C. Swaffield, W. J. Duffie and John P. Thomas,
Jr., now constituting the Board of School Commissioners of the
School District of the city of Columbia, and such other persons
as may from time to time constitute such Board, are hereby declared
to be ex officio "Trustees of the Winthrop Training
School for Teachers," and are hereby created a body corporate
by thc name style of "The Trustees of the Winthrop Training
School for Teachers," and shall by said name have perpetual
succession of officers and members, the right to use and keep
a common seal and the same to alter at will, and to have and
enjoy all and every right and privilege, power and franchise
incident to and belonging to incorporate bodies. They shall have
full power and authority from time to time to make, constitute
and establish such by-laws, rules and orders not inconsistent
with the laws of the land as to them shall seem necessary and
convenient for the better regulation, government, well ordering
and directing of themselves as Trustees aforesaid, as well as
the Winthrop Training School for Teachers, and all officers,
professors, teachers or other persons by them employed in and
about the same, and of all pupils in the said school, and for
the better managing, limiting and appointing of all and singular
the trusts and authorities in them reposed, and for the doing,
managing and transacting all things necessary for the government
of said Winthrop Training School for Teachers, and the same by-laws,
rules and orders to put in force and execution accordingly, and
the same again at their will and pleasure to alter, change, revoke
and annul; all of which by-laws, rules and orders shall be binding
on each and every one of the Trustees, and on all officers, professors,
teachers and other persons by them employed, and on all pupils
in said school, and
Sec. 3. That the functions and duties of the Trustees of the Winthrop Training School for Teachers shall be separate and distinct from those of the School Commissioners of the School District of the city of Columbia.
Sec. 4. That the said "The Trustees of the Winthrop Training School for Teachers" are authorized and empowered to receive and hold donations, devises, bequests and legacies, and to hold real and personal property to the amount of one hundred thousand dollars for the use and benefit of the said school.
Sec. 5. The said Trustees are authorized and empowered to grant diplomas to all persons who satisfactorily complete the prescribed course of study and training in said school, and persons holding such diplomas will be entitled without further examination to teach in any of the public schools of the State as first grade teachers.
In the Senate House, the twenty-fourth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven.
William L. Mauldin, President of the Senate.
Approved: December 24th, A.D. 1887.