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An Act to Incorporate Murfreesboro Methodist College in Hertford County.

1893 Private Laws: Chapter 380

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1893 - Pages 581-583.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That John F. Crowell, John N. Cole, S. D. Adams, F. L. Reid, R. B. John, J. M. Wynes, Uriah Vaughan, L. C. Lawrence, senior, B. B. Winborne and R. P. Troy, and their successors and associates, be and are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate for the purpose of conducting, under the auspices of the North Carolina Conference Methodist Episcopal Church (South), a college for the education of girls and women in the town of Murfreesboro in Hertford County, to be known as "The Trustees of Murfreesboro Methodist College"; and by this name and style shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, and shall be able in law to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in all the courts of this state; shall take, receive and possess all moneys, goods, chattels and bonds which may be given them, and shall apply the same to the wish of the donors to the purpose herein declared; and they shall have power by purchase or otherwise to take, demand, hold and possess rents, lands, tenements and hereditaments in special trust and confidence, and apply the same, together with the benefits arising therefrom, for the purpose of supporting the school and college to be known and styled as "Murfreesboro Methodist College"; and they may purchase for the purpose aforesaid such chattels and real estate as they may deem necessary, and may dispose of the same in promoting learning and virtue in the aforesaid school at Murfreesboro, in Hertford County.

Sec. 2. That in the event of the death, resignation, refusal to act, then the remaining trustees shall have power to fill the vacancies thereby created. All elections of trustees to fill vacancies shall be subject to approval at the first session thereafter of the North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (South).

Sec. 3. That if any one of the trustees shall fail to attend the meetings of the said trustees continuously for a term of two years, the other trustees, or a majority of them, at a regular meeting may declare his seat vacant, and proceed to fill the vacancy as in case of death, resignation or refusal to act.

Sec. 4. That said trustees shall have power to appoint a local executive committee to perform such duties as may be designated by said trustees.

Sec. 5. That said trustees shall have power to appoint their own president, secretary and treasurer, and such teachers and other officers in and over said school and said college as they shall deem qualified to discharge the duties of the several offices, and may remove the same for misbehavior, inability or neglect of duty; they shall also have power to make all necessary rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of this state, for the government of said college.

Sec. 6. That said trustees shall hold meetings from time to time as often as necessity may require, and six trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Sec. 7. That said trustees shall have power to make all needful and necessary by-laws for their own government, and by a vote of two-thirds of said trustees at a regular meeting may increase the number of said trustees not to exceed thirty in all, and by a majority vote appoint the additional trustees, and when so appointed they shall have the same power and be subject to the same duties as if named in this Act.

Sec. 8. That the faculty of said "Murfreesboro Methodist College,'' by the advice and with the consent of said trustees, shall have power to grant certificates of merit [and] diplomas upon the published courses of instruction, and to confer the baccalaureate degrees upon graduates on courses of study equivalent to the requirement for same degrees in Trinity College, Durham, North Carolina, but under no circumstances to confer honorary degrees.

Sec. 9. That the lands and the property belonging to the said trustees for the benefit of said college shall be and the same are hereby exempted from all kinds of public taxation.

[Sec. 10. The original Act included no Section 10.]

Sec. 11. That said trustees may execute mortgages or deeds of trust on their property to secure the purchase money, or to raise money for the purpose of properly conducting said college, and the said mortgage or deed of trust shall be executed in the name of said trustees, which shall be affixed by the president of the said trustees and countersigned by the secretary, who shall affix the corporate seal of said trustees.

Sec. 12. That the stockholders of the "Wesleyan Female College of Murfreesboro," in Hertford County, a corporation under the laws of North Carolina, may, by a vote of a majority of the stock represented in any legally organized meeting of said stockholders, sell and convey the real and personal property of said corporation to the trustees of Murfreesboro Methodist College, and a conveyance and sale of said property in pursuance of a resolution passed by such a majority of said stock shall be valid and binding.

Sec. 13. That all laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

Sec. 14. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 6th day of March, A.D. 1893.

Elias Carr, Governor
Rufus A. Doughton, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Lee S. Overman, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, June 13, 1893.

I, Octavius Coke, Secretary of State, hereby certify that the fore-
going are true copies of the original public acts and resolutions on
file in this office.

Octavius Coke,
Secretary of State.

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