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An Act to Incorporate Zion Wesley Institute, Cabarrus County.

1879 Public Laws: Chapter 288

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1879 - Pages 461-463.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That J. W. Hood, T. H. Somax, C. R. Harris, W. H. Thurber, Z. T. Pearsall, A. York, Wm. J. Moore, R. H. Simmons, A. B. Smyer and their associates and successors in office, be and they are hereby created and constituted a body politic and corporate by the name and style of "Trustees of Zion Wesley Institute," a seminary of learning, situated at Concord, in the county of Cabarrus, in the state of North Carolina, and as such, and by said name of the Trustees of Zion Wesley Institute, shall be capable and liable in law and equity to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, to use a common seal, and to make such by-laws and rules for the regulation and government of said institute as they may deem necesessary: Provided, said by-laws and rules be not repugnant to the constitution and laws of the United States or of this state.

Sec. 2. That the said board of trustees are and shall be authorized to appoint such officers as they may think necessary and proper for the organization of their own body, and also all the officers, professors, tutors and instructors of and in said institute: Provided, that the annual conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of North Carolina or any other assembly to which said conference may transfer its authority, shall have the power of confirming or annulling such appointments and of exercising a general control and supervision over the officers, affairs and government of said institute.

Sec. 3. That the said board of trustees shall have power and authority to confer and award all such distinctions, honors, licenses and degrees as are usually conferred and awarded in theological seminaries of the United States.

Sec. 4. That the said trustees and their successors shall have and hold all the estate, property and funds now belonging to said institute, and all property, funds, money, donations, legacies and devises which may hereafter be granted, conveyed, bequeathed and devised or given to said institute, in trust nevertheless for the use and benefit of said institute.

Sec. 5. That said trustees shall be appointed or chosen for the term of four years by the annual conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of North Carolina; and said trustees shall be divided as equally as may be into two classes, so that one-half may be chosen every second year after such division takes place; and said conference shall have power and authority to fill all vacancies in said board of trustees which shall occur by death, resignation or otherwise.

Sec. 6. This Act shall be deemed and taken to be a public Act and continue in force for the term of twenty-one (21) years, or until repealed.

Sec. 7. This Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 14th day of March, A.D. 1879.

Thomas J. Jarvis, Governor
John M. Moring, Speaker of the House of Representatives
James L. Robinson, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 19th, 1879.

I, William L. Saunders, Secretary of State, hereby
certify that the foregoing are true copies of the original
acts and resolutions on file in this office.

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.

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