Allen University Historic District
Originally founded in 1870 as Payne Institute, AME leadership relocated the school to Columbia nearly a decade later. It was renamed Allen University in honor of Bishop Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The campus features five historic buildings: Arnett Hall, named for Rev. Benjamin W. Arnett, Coppin Hall, the Canteen, Chappelle Administration Building, named for William David Chappelle, a former president, and the Joseph Simon Flipper Library.
KEYWORDS: NATIONAL REGISTER, AME, COLUMBIA, RICHLAND COUNTY, RICHARD ALLEN