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An Act Relating to Graded Schools in Guilford County.

1883 Public Laws: Chapter 232

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1883 - Pages 377-379.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That upon the written application of fifty white tax payers or of a like number of colored tax payers, citizens of any incorporated town in Guilford County, asking the establishment of a graded school or schools in such town, the whites asking for a white graded school and the colored asking for a colored graded school, it shall be the duty of the mayor or other chief officer of such town to submit the question of a graded school for white children to the white qualified voters of said town, or of a graded school for colored children to the colored qualified voters of said town, as the case may be, at the first regular election thereafter held in said town for mayor and commissioners thereof, first giving four weeks' notice thereof in some newspaper published in said town, or if there be no such newspaper, then by printed notice posted at five public places in said town for thirty days immediately preceding the day of such election.

Sec. 2. That at such election which shall be held under the same rules and regulations as are prescribed by law for the election of mayor and commissioners of said town, such of the white electors as desire the establishment of a graded school for white children, or such of the colored electors as desire the establishment of a graded school for colored children, as the case may be, shall vote a ballot upon which is printed or written, "for white school," or "for colored school." And such of said voters, white or colored, as the case may be, who object to the establishment of such white or colored schools, as the case may be, shall vote "no white school," or "no colored school," as the case may be, on a written or printed ballot.

Sec. 3. If at such election or elections the majority of the votes deposited by the white voters be "for white school," or if the majority of the colored votes deposited by the colored voters be "for colored school," then it shall be the duty of the municipal authorities of such town to establish and maintain such white school, or such colored school, as the case may be, in said town, which school or schools shall be under the control and supervision of such municipal authorities, and they shall levy and impose an assessment upon all the taxable property of the whites situated in said town for the support of the white graded school, and an assessment upon all the property of the colored race situated in said town for the support of the colored graded school, as the case may be, but such assessment shall not exceed twenty-five cents on one hundred dollars valuation of property, and there shall be assessed on the white poll for the white school, and on the colored poll for the colored school, which shall not exceed seventy-five cents on the poll.

Sec. 4. The assessments provided for in the preceding section shall be levied and collected at the same time and in the same manner as the taxes for municipal purposes are levied and collected, and shall not be applied to any other purpose whatever than as prescribed in this Act.

Sec. 5. That upon the establishment of a graded school, as provided in this Act, the territory included in the corporate limits of such town as establishes such school, shall constitute a school district, and the commissioners of said town constitute the school committee of said district.

Sec. 6. That all white children between the ages of six and twenty-one years, residents of such town, shall be entitled to [be] educate[d] at the white graded school free of charge; and all colored children between the ages of six and twenty-one, residents of such town, shall be entitled to be educated at the colored graded school free of charge.

Sec. 7. That for the election provided for in the first section of this Act, the municipal authorities shall provide two ballot boxes, in one of which the white voters shall deposit their ballots, and in the other the colored voters shall deposit their ballots.

Sec. 8. That the moneys paid to the said school district committee out of the general school fund, under the laws of this state, shall be used for the maintenance of the graded school or schools, the same being divided per capita between the races as provided by law.

Sec. 9. The said school committee may contract with teachers to teach such schools at such rates of compensation as may be agreed upon between said teachers and said committee.

Sec. 10. That the municipal authorities of any of said towns which shall adopt the provisions of this Act, shall annually make out and record an itemized account of the receipts and disbursements of all moneys received by virtue of the provisions of this Act, which record must be made not less than thirty days before the annual election for mayor and commissioners, and shall be open to the inspection of any citizen of said town whenever desired, between the hours of eight a. m. and six p. m.

Sec. 11. That the officer or officers whose duty it shall be to collect or receive the moneys arising from the assessments herein provided for, shall give a bond with good security, payable to the state for the use of said town, with condition for the faithful performance of his or their duties in the premises.

Sec. 12. This Act shall take effect from its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 6th 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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