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An Act to Create a Museum of Natural History in the City of Charleston.

February 4, 1882

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1881-1882, Pages 781-782.

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 a museum of Natural History in the city of Charleston be, and the same is hereby, created, to be under the control and management of a Board of Commissioners, as hereinafter provided.

SEC. 2. That the said Board of Commissioners shall consist of the Mayor of the city of Charleston, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College of‘ Charleston, the Dean of the Faculty of the Medical College of South Carolina, and four other persons to be appointed by the Mayor of Charleston for the term of four years, and until their successors are appointed.

SEC. 3. That five members of the said Board shall constitute a quorum, and the Mayor of Charleston shall be the chairman, thereof. They shall hold their meetings at such times as the Board shall, by resolution, or as the chairman or vice chairman, shall appoint. And they may adopt, alter, or amend such regulations as they may think proper for the establishment and development of the said museum.

SEC. 4. That in order to procure a suitable location for the exhibition of the contents of the said museum, the said Board may purchase and hold in fee simple to them and their successors, any real-estate not exceeding in cost twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), and fit the same up with proper apartments for containing and exhibiting the specimens of said museum.

SEC. 5. That the said Board are hereby authorized to receive and procure, by donation or otherwise, specimens of natural history connected with this State and elsewhere, and classify and arrange them in proper divisions, and to take all such steps as may be necessary or proper for preserving or adding to the same.

SEC. 6. That the said Board are authorized to make any arrangements necessary for procuring, as an addition to their collections, the museum now attached or belonging to the College of Charleston; not, however, purchasing the same.

SEC. 7. That the location of the said museum shall be in the city of Charleston, in some suitable place to be procured by the said Board; and it shall be open each day, at such hours and under such restrictions as may be prescribed by said Board for the inspection, examination, and instruction, without charge, of all visitors thereto.

In the Senate House, the third day of February, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two.

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

Approved: February 4th, A.D. 1882.
Johnson Hagood, Governor.

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