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An Act to Establish a Normal School in the County of Robeson.

1887 Public Laws: Chapter 400

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1887 - Pages 699-701.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That W. L. Moore, James Oxendine, James Dial, Preston Locklear, and others who may be associated with them, and their successors, are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, for educational purposes, in the county of Robeson, under the name and style of the "Trustees of the Croatan Normal School," and by that name may have perpetual succession, may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, contract and be contracted with, to have and to hold school property, including buildings, lands and all appurtenances thereto, situated in the county of Robeson, at any place in said county to be selected by the trustees herein named, provided such place shall be located between Bear Swamp and Lumber River in said county; to acquire by purchase, donation or otherwise, real and personal property for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a school of high grade for teachers of the Croatan race in North Carolina.

Sec. 2. That the trustees at their organization shall elect one of their own number president of the board of trustees, whose duties shall be such as devolve upon such officers in similar cases, or such as shall hereafter be defined by said trustees.

Sec. 3. That said trustees shall have full power to rent, lease, mortgage or sell any real or personal property for the purpose of maintaining said school, discharging indebtedness or reinvesting the proceeds for a like purpose: Provided, that the liabilities of said trustees shall affect only the property owned by said trustees for educational purposes and shall not affect the private credit of said trustees.

Sec. 4. That the trustees whose names are mentioned in the first section of this Act shall have power to select three additional trustees from the Croatan race in such manner as they may determine.

Sec. 5. That said trustees shall have full power and authority to employ a teacher or teachers in said normal school under such regulations as the said trustees may determine.

Sec. 6. That said board of trustees shall have full power to fill all vacancies by death, removal or otherwise in said board: Provided, a majority vote of all the trustees shall be necessary to a choice.

Sec. 7. That the sum of five hundred dollars is hereby appropriated to the support of said school annually for two years, and no longer, commencing with the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight, said sum to be paid out of the general educational fund: Provided, that said sum thus appropriated shall be expended for the payment of services rendered for teaching and for no other purpose; said sum to be paid in semi-annual payments upon warrants drawn by state superintendent of public instruction upon receipt by said superintendent of report of trustees of said school showing the number of teachers employed, the amount paid to each teacher, the number of students in attendance during the term of six months next preceding the first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight, first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-nine, first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-nine, and first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and ninety.

Sec. 8. That all property real and personal acquired by purchase, donation or otherwise, as long as it is used for educational purposes, shall be exempt from taxation, whether on the part of the state or county.

Sec. 9. That no person shall sell any spirituous liquors within two miles of the location of said school, and any person violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeaner and upon conviction shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than thirty dollars, or imprisoned not less than ten days nor more than thirty days or both at the discretion of the court.

Sec. 10. Provided, that no person shall be admitted into said school as a student who has not attained the age of fifteen years; and that all those who shall enjoy the privileges of said school as students shall previously obligate to teach the youth of the Croatau race for a stated period.

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 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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