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An Act to Incorporate the School or Arts, Science and Industry, Near Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

1885 Private Laws: Chapter 137

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1885 - Pages 1112-1114.

Whereas, it is to the advantage of the State that schools be established where the youth may be trained for those occupations and pursuits for which nature has best endowed them, so that they may become thinking, intelligent and practical workers of the world's working force;

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That Matthew O. Beatty, John Wilkes, R. Y. McAden, W. J. F. Liddell, C. Dowd, John Eaton, A. B. Farquhar, Joseph Walton, G. V. Lawrence and S. J. Beatty, and such other persons as may be associated with them, their successors and assigns, be and they are hereby created a body corporate by the name and title of the "School of Art, Science and Industry," by which name said corporation and their successors may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in any court of law and equity; shall have power to make such by-laws and regulations as they may deem necessary for the government and successful carrying on of said school, and not inconsistent with the laws of the State; shall have perpetual succession, and enjoy all the rights, privileges, powers, immunities and franchises granted to an institution of learning; shall have a common seal with such device and inscription as they shall deem proper, and may change, alter and amend the same at pleasure, and all official acts shall be authenticated by affixing the same. They shall be able and capable in law to hold all manner of lands and tenements, rents, annuities and other heraditaments which at any time or times have been granted, bargained, sold, released, devised or otherwise conveyed unto them; and the same are hereby vested in said corporation and their successors forever; and the said corporation and their successors shall be able and capable in law to purchase, receive, hold and enjoy in fee simple or otherwise all classes of property, rents, annuities, heraditaments by gift or otherwise of any person or persons or corporations, and to transfer the same; and shall be able and capable in law to take and possess all moneys, goods and chattels that have been given or may hereafter be given or bequeathed by any person or persons or corporation for the use of said school, and the same to apply according to the will of the donors; and all such gifts of whatever kind shall be held in special trust and confidence for the benefit of and advancement of said school according to the direction of the donor.

Sec. 2. The management of said school shall be invested in a board of directors which shall consist of not less than three nor more than five persons, three of whom shall be residents of the State; a president, secretary and treasurer of the school, and the board shall be elected from the directors as the by laws shall prescribe. The board of directors shall be elected by ballot by the board of corporation out of their own number, and shall hold office as the by-laws may determine; a majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business; they shall fill all vacancies occurring in their own body until the next succeeding election, and shall have power to make all needful rules and regulations for the well ordering of the affairs of the school not inconsistent with the laws of the State.

Sec. 3. Said corporation shall have the right to buy and sell all material or materials and products made, constructed, built, raised, grown or manufactured which may come within the object of said school, to prepare individuals for such pursuits in life as may be indicated to be best by each one's natural ability.

Sec. 4. No liens or mortgages shall ever be given on the property of said school, and it must be kept entirely unincumbent forever; and as it must depend to a great extent upon the benevolence of philanthropists for its success, its property shall be free from taxation.

Sec. 5. Said corporation shall have power to confer upon their own students such degrees or marks of distinction or of proficiency in art, science and trades as are usually conferred in colleges or universities at the time of graduation.

Sec. 6. This charter shall take effect and be and continue in force from and after its ratification.

In the General Assembly read three times, and ratified this the 11th day of March, A.D. 1885.

Alfred M. Scales, Governor
Charles M. Stedman, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Thomas M. Holt, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 18th, 1885.

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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