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An Act Supplemental to Chapter Three Hundred and Eight, Eighteen Hundred and Eighty-Five, Entitled "An Act to Establish and Maintain an Industrial School."

1887 Public Laws: Chapter 410

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1887 - Pages 718-722.
Click Here to view the original March 11, 1885 Act, as amended below.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That the industrial school provided for in chapter three hundred and eight, laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-five, shall be denominated "The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts," and shall be located on the lands offered to be donated, in accordance with the provisions of the said law, by R. Stanhope Pullen, of Raleigh, Wake County, lying west of and near the city of Raleigh.

Sec. 2. The leading object of this college shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions of life.

Sec. 3. The management and control of the said college and the care and preservation of all its property shall be vested in a board of trustees to be composed of the board of agriculture of North Carolina and five other persons, who shall be appointed by the governor by and with the consent of the senate, who shall have power to appoint its president, instructors and as many other officers or servants as to them shall appear necessary and proper, and shall fix their salaries and prescribe their duties; they shall also prescribe rules for the management and preservation of good order and morals at the said college as are usually made in such institutions and are not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of the state; have charge of the disbursement of its funds and have general and entire supervision of the establishment and maintenance of the said college. And the president and instructors in the said college, by and with the consent of the said board of trustees, shall have the power of conferring such certificates of proficiency or marks of merit as are usually conferred by such colleges: Provided, that the board of trustees shall be composed half of each political party.

Sec. 4. The certificates of indebtedness of this state for one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars, issued for the principal of the land scrip fund to the trustees of the University of North Carolina, and bearing interest at six per centum per annum, shall be transferred on the thirtieth day of June, eighteen hundred and eighty-eight, or as soon thereafter as it shall appear that the agricultural and mechanical college is ready to receive the interest on the land scrip fund, and that the principal of the fund will not in any way be compromised by such a transfer, to the said board of trustees for the benefit of the said North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, and the interest thereon shall thereafter be paid to them by the treasurer semi-annually on the first day of July and January in each year, for the purpose of aiding in the support of the said college, in accordance with the provisions of the Act of congress, approved July second, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, entitled "An Act Donating Public Lands to the Several States and Territories which may Provide Colleges for the Benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts."

Sec. 5. That the directors of the North Carolina State Penitentiary shall be required to furnish all brick and stone requisite for the erection of the necessary buildings of the said college, and to furnish convict labor for preparation of the grounds and the foundations, the erection of the said buildings, and for such other purposes in connection with the establishment of the said college as they may be able; such material and labor to be free of charge to said college: Provided, that the work required of the penitentiary shall not interfere with any contracts upon which the penitentiary may be engaged, and that the work by the penitentiary shall be limited to two years from date.

Sec. 6. That the board of agriculture shall turn over to the board of trustees of said college, as provided in this Act, to be applied to the establishment, maintenance and enlargement of the said college, all funds, land, material and other property which have accumulated in their hands for the establishment of an industrial school under chapter three hundred and eight, laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-five, and annually thereafter the whole residue of their funds from licenses on fertilizers remaining over and not required to conduct the regular work of that department. The agricultural experiment and fertilizer control station already established under the management of the said board of agriculture shall be connected with the said college, and the board of agriculture may turn over to the said trustees, in whole or part, for the purposes of the said college, any buildings, lands, laboratories, museums or other property which may be in their possession, as in their judgment may be thought proper. The said board of trustees are empowered to receive any donations of property; real or personal, which may be made to the said College of Agriculture aud Mechanic Arts, and shall have the power to invest or expend the sanae for the benefit of said college. The said board of agriculture shall have power to accept on behalf of this state donations of property real or personal and any appropriations which may be made by the Congress of the United States to the several states and territories for the benefit of agricultural experiment stations, and they shall expend the whole amount so received for the benefit of the aforesaid agricultural experiment station and in accordance with the Act or Acts of Congress in relation thereto.

Sec. 7. The use of the three hundred acres of land, more or less, known as the Camp Mangum tract, belonging to the state of North Carolina, and situated one half mile west of the state fair grounds, is hereby given to said board of trustees for the benefit of said College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, or of the experiment station connected therewith.

Sec. 8. The board of trustees shall admit to the benefits of the said college, free of any charges for tuition, upon proper evidence of good moral character and of their inability, or the inability of their parents or guardians to pay their tuition, a certain number of youths, to be determined by them, not to be less than one hundred and twenty, and shall apportion the same to the different counties applying, according to their relative number of members in the House of Representatives of North Carolina. The said board are hereby empowered to make the necessary regulations for carrying this into effect and for the admission of other students.

Sec. 9. Every student in this College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts shall be required to take a course of manual training or labor, together with the other courses of study and exercise, as the board shall direct.

Sec. 10. All laws and sections of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.

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

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 7th day of March, A.D. 1887.

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 Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 31st, 1887.

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

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.

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