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An Act to Establish a State Orphan Asylum.

January 19, 1869

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1868-69, Pages 173-174.

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, The support and maintainance of the Orphan Asylum in the city of Charleston, known as the “Shaw Orphan Asylum,” is hereby assumed by the State, and it shall hereafter be known as the State Orphan Asylum of South Carolina, and shall be open to all orphan children in the State to the extent of its capacity.

SEC. 2. For the purpose of carrying into effect the intention of this Act, the Governor of the State is hereby authorized, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint five Trustees, two at least of whom shall be selected from outside the city of Charleston, who shall be known as the Trustees of the State Orphan Asylum of South Carolina. Said Trustees shall remain in office four years, or until their successors are appointed, and shall have power to choose a chairman from their own number, and to make all necessary rules and by-laws for their own government.

SEC. 3. It shall be the duty of said Trustees, and they shall have the power, to take such steps as may be necessary, and in their judgment expedient, to establish said Asylum on a permanent foundation. To this end they are hereby authorized to receive, invest and control any moneys, real estate, or other property that may be given for the aid or endowment of said Asylum, subject to any regulations now or hereafter provided by the General Assembly.

SEC. 4. If, in the opinion of said Trustees, the present location of the Asylum can be changed for one better suited to the wants of said Asylum, such change may be made: Provided, That no such change shall be made during the year 1869, if by so doing additional expense to the State shall be incurred.

SEC. 5. In carrying out the object of this Act, the Trustees shall have, and are hereby invested with, authority to purchase or lease, as they may determine, such buildings, grounds, and other property, including household furniture, as may be needed for said Asylum; which property they and their successors in office shall well and truly hold in trust for the benefit of the aforesaid Asylum, and for no other purpose: Provided, That they shall at no time enter into any contract, or incur any obligation, binding the State for the payment of any sum in excess of the amount appropriated by this or any other Act for the support and maintainance of said Asylum.

SEC. 6. The Trustees shall have power to select and employ such persons as may be needed to care for, the wants of the orphans gathered in said Asylum. They shall also have the power to make all necessary rules and regulations for the government of the same, and to do all other things that may lawfully be done for the promotion of its best interests, and for the welfare of its inmates. Said Trustees shall receive no compensation for their services.

SEC. 7. The Trustees shall, on or before the fourth Tuesday of November in each year, report to the General Assembly, through the Governor, a detailed statement of all their doings, including the expenditure of moneys, the number, age and sex of the children, the number of admissions and deaths during the year, the number of children who have left the Asylum, and the place to which they have gone, and such other information as it may be in their power to give.

SEC. 8. For the purpose of supporting and maintaining the State Orphan Asylum during the year ending October 31, 1869, the sum of five thousand dollars, if so much be needed, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be expended under the direction of the Board of Trustees; and the Treasurer of the State is hereby authorized, with the approval of the Governor, to pay the same upon the order of the Chairman of said Board, in sums not exceeding five hundred dollars at any time.

D. T. CORBIN and CHAS. W. MONTGOMERY, Presidents of the Senate.
FRANKLIN J. MOSES, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.
ROBERT K. SCOTT, Governor.

Approved: January 19, 1869.

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