Allen University will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital project on Tuesday, January 21 at 11 a.m. The hospital is located on campus at 2204 Hampton Street, Columbia, South Carolina. The renovated and expanded facility will host the Institute on Civility, the School of Education, the Dickerson- Green Theological Seminary, and a number of museum and exhibition spaces. Along with the forward-looking and innovated programs to be housed in Waverly, the addition will be a permanent memorial to the Emanuel Nine.
“This will be a transformational project for the campus, the community, and the city,” said President Ernest McNealey. “It will celebrate the lives and legacies of brave and committed people who served the greater good, while at the same time prepare a new generation of students and citizens who will follow similar paths.”
The Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital was one of only a few hospitals to serve Columbia’s African American community during the segregation era, operating from 1952-1973. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was the only training facility exclusively for black nurses in Columbia.
The ceremony is open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Teesa Brunson, director of development/associate vice president for institutional advancement, at (803) 376-5724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.