COLUMBIA — Airplane maker Boeing Co. gave $1.5 million on Wednesday to a historically black university in South Carolina’s capital to help forward plans for a civil debate institute and memorial to the nine people killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
Allen University announced in January it was renovating the former Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital next to campus, once the only medical facility in Columbia to treat Black residents.
Fundraising continues for the project expected to be completed at the end of 2021. Boeing’s donation means the college has secured commitments for more than half of the total estimated cost of $11 million, said Allen University President Ernest McNealey.
The centerpiece of the project will be a newly constructed performance annex to host televised debates focused on civility. It will include a memorial to the nine victims gunned down following a Bible study at Emanuel AME in 2015 by an