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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a Normal School in This State.

December 21, 1857

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XII, Pages 516-517.

Whereas it is necessary to any system of public education that provision should be made for the training of teachers in Normal Schools; and whereas it is desirable to establish such schools in different parts of the State; and whereas the Commissioners of Free Schools of the Parishes of St. Philip and St. Michael have offered to conduct such a school if the State will authorize and assist the same:

I. Be it therefore enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the Commissioners of Free Schools for the Parishes of St. Philip and St. Michael are authorized to establish and conduct a Normal School for the training of female teachers for the state at large, in connection with a Female High School for the said Parishes, and for that purpose to erect and furnish a suitable building; and that whenever ten thousand dollars shall have been subscribed by the citizens of the said Parishes for the erection and furnishing of the said building, the State will subscribe an equal amount, and will pay the same in portions equal to the portions paid by the said citizens.

II. The State will also contribute annually, for five years, the sum of five thousand dollars, for the support of the said school: Provided, That at least an equal amount shall also be contributed by the inhabitants of the said Parishes annually, for the same purpose, either by assessment or contribution.

III. The said Commissioners shall receive into the said school, free of any charge for tuition, female pupils from every part of the state, not exceeding fifteen to each Congressional District, for the purpose of being trained as teachers: Provided, That such applicants shall have the qualifications, and shall stand the examinations required of other applicants of equal grade.

IV. The said Commissioners shall have power to conduct the said school, and to make such regulations for its government as they may deem best suited to its beneficial operation, and shall report its condition and expenses annually, with their usual report, to the General Assembly.

In the Senate House, the twenty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven, and in the eighty-second year of the sovereignty and independence of the United States of America.

JAMES CHESNUT, Jr., President of the Senate.
JAMES SIMONS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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