141st Founders’ Week Celebration

Allen University will commemorate the 141st Anniversary of its founding through a weeklong celebration. Founded in 1870, Allen University is named after Richard Allen, the remarkable founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Allen University, recognized as the first university in South Carolina founded by African Americans for the education of African Americans, is also the first university named after an African American and created out of the AME Church’s desire to educate newly freed slaves to ensure a well-trained clergy.

The following is a schedule of activities to celebrate the University’s 141st anniversary of educational excellence:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Memorial Tribute and Wreath Laying
8:30 am – Arnett Quadrangle

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Launch of Founders’ Day Multimedia Presentation
Showings beginning at 10:00 am (showing on the hour, last showing at 2:00 pm)
Johnson Center for Educational Excellence – Scott Conference Room

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Legacy Gallery Opening and Ribbon Cutting
10:00 am – Johnson Center for Educational Excellence ? Career Center Conference Room

Friday, February 11, 2011
Founders’ Day Observance
Speaker: Rev. Norvel Goff, Sr.
10:00 am – John Hurst Adams Gymnatorium

For more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (803) 376-5728. All events are free and open to the public.