- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Allen University in Columbia has reclaimed part of its past.

The historically black university in Columbia on Friday is officially reopening its historic Chappell Auditorium after the facility underwent a $3 million interior renovation.

The building dates to 1925 and is one of the oldest buildings on the Allen campus.

During the Jim Crow era, the hall was the largest gathering place for blacks in Columbia and was the location of rallies to end school segregation.

Artists including Leontyne Price, Brook Benton and Langston Hughes have performed there. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali are among the other celebrities who appeared at Chappell Auditorium over the years.

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