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An Act to Establish Graded Schools at Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina.

1883 Public Laws: Chapter 220

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1883 - Pages 357-359.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That Henry A. Bond, James A. Woodward, W. D. Pruden, Geo. H. Coke, W. G. Warren, Moses Hobbs, W. H. Coffield, W. R. Skinner, P. F. White, W. E. Bond, A. T. Bush, H. DeB. Hooper, C. W. Cason, R. B. Perkins, A. M. Moore, J. H. Garrett, J. R. B. Hathaway and G. W. White be and they are hereby constituted a board of trustees for the Edenton graded school for the white race until July first, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three, and until their successors are elected as hereinafter stated.

Sec. 2. That the trustees of Edenton graded school are hereby authorized at their first meeting in the month of June next, and annually thereafter, to elect seven men from among the white citizens of the school district in which Edenton is situated, who have children to enter at said graded school, to constitute for one year from and after the thirtieth day of June, and until their successors are elected, the board of trustees of said graded school for the white race, which shall be free to the white children of both sexes of said school district.

Sec. 3. That said board of graded school trustees for the white race shall have power to employ teachers and do all such acts as shall be necessary to carry on said graded school, and shall be the custodian of all public school property for the white race of said school district.

Sec. 4. That all public school money which shall from time to time be collected under the general school law for the white race of said school district, and all special school taxes which may from time to time be collected from white persons in said school district, shall be applied for keeping up the said graded school for white children under the orders and direction of said board of graded school trustees for the white race.

Sec. 5. That William Heath, Hannibal Badham, Philip McDonald, Elijah Hathaway, J. W. Draper, London Johnson and G. W. Lane be and they are hereby constituted a board of trustees for the graded school for the colored race, which shall be free to the colored children of both sexes of said school district.

Sec. 6. That said board of graded school trustees for the colored race shall have power to fill all vacancies occurring in said board, to employ teachers, and to do all such acts as shall be necessary to carry on said graded school for colored children, and shall be the custodian of all public school property for the colored race of said school district.

Sec. 7. That all public school money which shall from time to time be collected under the general school law for the colored race of said school district, and all special school taxes which may from time to time be collected from colored persons in said school district, shall be applied for keeping up said graded school for colored children, under the orders and directions of said board of graded school trustees for the colored race.

Sec. 8. That the treasurer of Chowan County, and his sureties on his official bond, shall be responsible for the proper disbursements of all moneys collected under this Act.

Sec. 9. That no trustee of graded school shall, while acting as such, be a teacher therein.

Sec. 10. That the board of commissioners of Chowan County be authorized and is hereby directed to submit to the qualified voters of said school district on the last Thursday in April, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three, under such rules and regulations as said board may prescribe, whether an annual tax shall be levied therein of one-fifth of one per centum on property, and sixty cents on each poll for the support of aforesaid graded school. Each voter shall vote on a written or printed ballot, with the words "for school" or "no school," and said election shall be conducted under the same rules, regulations and penalties as are now prescribed by law for the election of members of the general assembly.

Sec. 11. That in case a majority of the qualified voters of said school district shall vote in favor of such tax, the same shall be levied and collected in the same manner as prescribed by law for levying and collecting state and county taxes; and the sheriff of Chowan County shall collect and pay over the same to the county treasurer, under the same liabilities as are now provided by law for the collection and paying over of the county school tax.

Sec. 12. That this Act shall take the place for the town of Edenton of any Act passed at this session of the general assembly on the subject of graded schools.

Sec. 13. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 3d day of March, 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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