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An Act Relating to the Severance of Claflin College from Claflin University and the Establishment of a Normal, Industrial, and Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race.

March 3, 1896

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1896, Pages 173-175.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That Claflin College be, and is hereby, severed from Claflin University: Provided, That this severance shall not operate so as to interfere with the teaching and instruction, now being given, during the present session, which closes in the month of May of this year.

Section 2. That during the year A. D. eighteen hundred and ninety-six there shall be established within this State a Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College for the higher education of the colored youth of the State, and that said college shall be known as the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina.

Section 3. That the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina shall be a branch of the University of South Carolina, but shall be under the management and control of a separate Board of Trustees composed of seven members, six of whom shall be elected by the General Assembly, whose term of office shall be six years. But the General Assembly shall at its present session elect two of said Trustees for two years, two for four years, and two for six years, so that two of them shall go out of office every two years. The Governor of the State shall be ex officio the seventh member of said Board of Trustees.

Section 4. That the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina College, now in control of the property belonging to Claflin College, shall turn over to the Board of Trustees of the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina all of the real and personal property belonging to Claflin College.

Section 5. That the Board of Trustees of the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina are hereby fully authorized and empowered to take charge of, manage and control all of the real and personal property belouging to Claflin College, in whosoever hands or custody the same may be now or hereafter found, and shall hold the same in trust for the benefit and uses of the said Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina.

Section 6. That the Board of Trustees of the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina shall have, and are hereby given, full and ample power to do and to perform any and all acts whatsoever necessary to effect a complete and final separation of the interests of the State from those of Claflin University, and, if found necessary to protect or promote the interests of the State, the authority here given shall authorize said Trustees to sell, purchase or exchange real estate.

Section 7. That the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina shall have all the rights and privileges possessed by Claflin College, and be entitled to receive all the funds set apart for the support of Claflin College under the Acts of the General Assembly of this State, and the said College shall forever be, and remain, free and separate from Claflin University and all other colleges, schools or other institutions which are wholly or in part under the direction or control of any church or religious or sectarian denomination or society.

Section 8. That the Board of Trustees of the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina are authorized and empowered to provide all necessary suitable buildings upon a proper site for the purpose; to establish a course of study covering the normal, industrial, agricultural and mechanical sciences, and provide the necessary appliances for proper instruction in the same; and to select a proper corps of professors and instructors and fix their salaries. The Principal or President and corps of instructors shall be of the negro race.

Section 9. That the sum of five thousand ($5,000) dollars be annually appropriated for five years for the purpose of erecting the necessary buildings and preparing buildings therefor, if so much be necessary; and that the authorities of the State Penitentiary be, and they are hereby, required to furnish, on the demand of the Board of Trustees of said College, forty able-bodied convicts to said Board of Trustees, the convicts to be used in erecting the necessary buildings, and to be transported, guarded, clothed, fed and attended free of any cost to the College, and to be returned to the Penitentiary when the buildings are completed.

Section 10. That a majority of the whole Board of Trustees shall be necessary for the transaction of any business.

Approved: March 3rd, A.D. 1896.

John Gary Evans, Governor.
W.H. Timmerman, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Frank Boyd Gary, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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