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An Act to Incorporate Rocky Mount College.

1871-72 Private Laws: Chapter XXXVIII

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1871-72 - Pages 54-56.

Section 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact, That A. H. Burnett, B. H. Bunn, Capt. Jno. Sharpe, Dr. H. H. Thorpe, Robert Richs, James Battle, R. B. Bunn, W. W. Parker, M. Wilson, Dr. Tilley, W. H. Heart, J. H. Chapman, William Biggs, George Howard, A. J. Ellington, C. G. Davenport, S. L. Johnson, Rt. Rev. Thomas Atkinson, Rev. Dr. Alfred A. Watson, Rev. T. B. Haughton, W. S. Battle, T. H. Griffin, John Battle, Jesse Bullock and T. H. Braswell, and their successors, be and they are hereby declared a body politic and corporate, to be known and distinguished by the name and style of the trustees of the "Rocky Mount College,'' and by that name and style shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and be able and capable in law of holding lands, tenements and chattels, and receiving devisers for the uses and purposes of said "Rocky Mount College," and of suing and being sued, and of pleading and being impleaded.

Sec. 2. That the said board ot trustees shall have the power to fix the times for holding all meetings of the board; to appoint a president, secretary and treasurer of the board; to employ professors, instructors and such other persons as may be necessary for the efficient management of said institute; to appoint an executive committee consisting of five trustees, which committee shall control the internal regulations of said institution; to fix all salaries and employments except as hereinafter provided; and to do all other things and to perform all other acts necessary for an institution of learning not inconsistent with the laws of the state and of the United States.

Sec. 3. That the executive committee and the professors in said institution shall as soon as they are organized under this charter, proceed to organize departments of English and classical literature, of mathematics pure and applied, of natural science, of philosophy, of agriculture, theoretic and practical, and of normal instruction, which last shall be of the same grade as that recently adopted by the normal department of the University of North Carolina, and in this department the professors and executive committee shall power to grant certificates to run for two or eight years, which certificate shall exempt the bearers from examination by the county examiners of teachers of the public schools throughout the state, and when certificates are now or may hereafter be required before paying the public funds to the teachers of public schools a certificate from "Rocky Mount College" shall answer in lieu thereof: Provided, That applicants for a two years' certificate shall pass a thorough examination in all the branches prescribed in a second grade certificate, and also in the principles of imparting instruction; And provided further, That applicants for an eight years' certificate shall pass an approved examination in all the branches prescribed in a first grade certificate and in agriculture, chemistry, surveying and geometry: And provided further, That upon complaint made in writing to the executive committee of said institute, by any county examiner against the holder of such certificate, the said committee shall enquire into the allegations against such teachers and if sufficient cause be found to exist they shall revoke said certificate.

Sec. 4. That the said institute and professors shall have power to confer upon students such other marks of honor and distinction as are usually conferred by institutions of learning.

Sec. 5. That the treasurer of said board of trustees shall receive and hold all funds belonging or in any wise appertaining to said "Rocky Mount College" shall pay them out only upon the orders of the executive committee, which orders shall be his vouchers for the same.

Sec. 6. That all vacancies occurring in the board of trustees shall be filled by a vote of the board.

Sec. 7. That the secretary of the board of trustees shall annually on the thirtieth of September, make to the governor and the superintendent of public instruction a full report of the condition and operations of said "Rocky Mount College," together with all other information deemed important in agriculture and in the education of teachers; also giving the names and places of residence of all who have been authorized to teach and the length of time for which they are so authorized.

Sec. 8. That all instructors, employees and students in said "Rocky Mount College " shall be exempt from civil and military duty except in cases of insurrection or invasion.

Sec. 9. That all laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.

Sec 10. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 19th day of January, A.D., 1872.

Tod R. Caldwell, Governor
Thomas J. Jarvis, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Edward J. Warren, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, February 29th, 1872.

I, Henry J. Menninger, Secretary of State, hereby
certify that the foregoing are true copies of the original
private acts on file in this office.

Henry J. Menninger,
Secretary of State.

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