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An Act to Establish Graded Schools in Wilson Township, Wilson County.

1883 Public Laws: Chapter 192

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1883 - Pages 318-321.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That the territory contained within the following limits shall be and constitute the "Wilson Graded School District," beginning at the bridge across Hominy Swamp on the road leading from Wilson to Rountree bridge, thence north fifty-eight degrees west to a point on the Beaufort Mill road, between the lands of L. D. Killitt and the heirs of W. W. Winstead, deceased; thence north twenty degrees west to the lane on the lands of Mrs. Martha Winstead on the Raleigh road; thence north eighteen degrees east to the line between Col. John W. Farmer and J. J. Smith; thence down the said swamp to a point dividing the lands of Thomas J. Gardner and Mrs. Fanny Hines; thence south forty-five degrees west to the beginning.

Sec. 2. That the board of commissioners of the county of Wilson are hereby authorized to submit to the qualified voters of the said Wilson Graded School District in said county, on the first Monday in May, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three, under such rules and regulations as they may prescribe, the question whether an annual tax shall be levied therein for the support of a graded public school for the white children, and a graded public school for the colored children in said district. Each voter shall vote a written or printed ballot with the words "For school," or "No school," thereon, and said election shall be conducted under the same rules, regulations and penalties as are prescribed by law for the election of members of the general assembly.

Sec. 3. That in the event of a majority of the qualified voters of said district being in favor of such tax, the same shall be levied and collected in the same manner as provided by law for the levying and collecting state and county taxes. The sheriff of Wilson County shall collect and pay over the same to the treasurer of the Wilson graded schools by the first day of January, under the same liabilities as are now provided by law for the collection and paying over of the county school taxes: Provided, that the special tax so levied shall not exceed one-third of one per centum on property, and one dollar on the poll.

Sec. 4. That the special taxes thus levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of white persons, shall be expended in keeping up a graded public school in said district for white persons of both sexes, whose names are on the school census list for the current year, between the ages of six and twenty-one years; and the special tax thus levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of colored persons, shall be expended in keeping up a graded school in said district for colored persons of both sexes, whose names shall be on the school census list as aforesaid, between the ages of six and twenty-one years.

Sec. 5. That Thomas J. Hadley, R. J. Taylor, Warren Woodard, George D. Green, G. W. Blount, Moses Rountree, H. C. Moss, H. G. Conner and M. T. Maye, be and they are hereby constituted a board of trustees for the graded school for the whites; that said board shall have power to fill all vacancies in said board, to employ teachers, and do all such acts as may be necessary to carry on said school for the white children.

Sec. 6. That E. C. Simms, Peter Rountree, Charles Battle, G. A. Farmer, Jerry Washington, C. M. Jones, Daniel Vick, Samuel Williams and C. H. Darden be and they are constituted a board of trustees for the graded school for the colored children. That said board shall have power to fill all vacancies, to employ teachers, and do all such acts as may be necessary to keep up the said school for colored children.

Sec. 7. That the public school money which shall from time to time be collected under the general school law for public school purposes for the white children in said district, shall be applied for keeping up the public graded school for the white children, under the orders and directions of the board of trustees of said graded public school for white children, and the public money so collected for public school purposes for the colored children in said district shall be applied to the keeping up the graded school for the colored children, under the rules and directions of the board of trustees of the graded school for the colored children.

Sec. 8. The board of trustees for the graded school for the white children, and the board of trustees for the graded school for the colored children, shall at the first regular meeting after the establishment of said schools, and annually thereafter, elect a treasurer of the respective schools. The person so elected shall execute a bond, with at least three sureties, who shall justify before the clerk of the superior court of Wilson County, and be approved by the president of the board of trustees of the school for which he shall have been elected, in an amount double the amount of tax levied for such school. The said bond shall be payable to the state of North Carolina and conditioned for the payment of and accounting for all money or other property which shall come into his hands as treasurer. The said bond shall be filed in the office of the register of deeds of Wilson County as other official bonds, and in the event of a breach of the conditions thereof, an action may be prosecuted by the board of trustees of the school of which the person giving such bond is treasurer.

Sec. 9. That the board of trustees of the graded school for the whites in said district are authorized and empowered to purchase and hold for the purposes of such school, a building and suitable grounds within the limits of said district, and to issue bonds with coupons attached for the purchase money for the same, and to execute a mortgage on such property to secure the said bonds. The interest on said bonds shall not exceed eight per centum per annum, and such coupons shall be receivable in payment of all taxes levied and collected for the maintaining such school. The said trustees shall have power to sell so much of said property as they may deem advisable.

Sec. 10. The treasurers of said schools shall file statements of their receipts and disbursements in the same manner and under the same penalties as are prescribed for the treasurer of Wilson County.

Sec. 11. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 27th day of February, A.D. 1883.

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

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 24th, 1883.

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

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.



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