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An Act to Establish Graded Schools in the Town of Washington, North Carolina.

1895 Public Laws: Chapter 218

Public Laws and Resolutions of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1895 - Pages 292-294.

This Act was duplicated in the 1895 Private Laws, Chapter 177, pages 277-279.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That all the territory embraced within the corporate limits of the town of Washington, Beaufort County, shall be, and is hereby, constituted "The Washington Graded School District," for white and colored children.

Sec. 2. That the commissioners of the town of Washington, Beaufort County, are hereby required to submit to the qualified voters of said town at the next election, to be held in May, for the municipal officers of the said town, the question whether an annual tax shall be levied for the support of the graded schools in said town.

Sec. 3. That at the election, held under the provisions of this Act, those favoring the levying of such tax shall vote a written or printed ballot, without device, with the words "for schools" upon it, and those opposed to the levying of such tax shall vote a written or printed ballot, without device, with the words, "against schools" upon it.

Sec. 4. That if a majority of the qualified voters voting shall vote at said election in favor of levying such tax, it shall be the duty of the board of commissioners of said town, and their successors, to levy annually a special tax, not less than sixteen and two-thirds cents nor exceeding twenty cents, on the hundred dollars, valuation of all the taxable property of said town, and upon the poll not less than fifty cents, nor exceeding sixty cents, and said taxes shall be due and collected annually by the town tax collector, as, and at the time, other town taxes are due and collected.

Sec. 5. That said taxes shall be paid over by the said tax collector of the said town, to the treasurer of said town, which officers shall give bonds, the former for collection, and the latter for the safe keeping and proper distribution of said special taxes, and other funds that may come into his hands for the use of said graded schools; and said treasurer shall keep said school funds separate and apart from all other moneys, and shall pay out the same only upon a warrant signed by the chairman and secretary of the board of trustees of the graded schools of said town.

Sec. 6. That J. G. Bragaw, C. M. Brown, S. T. Nicholson, E. W. Ayers, W. B. Morton, Sr., W. B. Morton, John B. Sparrow, John A. Burgess, and W. J. Crumpler be, and they are hereby, constituted a "board of trustees" for the graded schools of said town; that said board shall have power to fill all vacancies in said boards, employ teachers, and do all such acts as may be necessary to carry on said graded schools.

Sec. 7. That it shall be the duty of said board to establish a graded school for the white children, and one for the colored children of said town, and to appropriate the funds derived from said special taxes, and all other sources, for said graded schools for white and colored children, so as to equalize school facilities between the two races.

Sec. 8. That the public school money, which may from time to time be collected and apportioned, under the general school law for general school purposes, for the children in said town, shall be applied to keeping up said graded school under the order and direction of said board of trustees of said graded school.

Sec. 9. That the property, both real and personal, of the public schools of said town shall become the property of the said graded schools, and shall be vested in said board of trustees, and their successors, in trust, for said graded schools: Provided, that in the event of the discontinuance of said graded schools, all of the property thereto belonging shall revert to and become the property of the said public schools of said town: Provided, further, that the said property belonging to, or used for the graded schools for white children, shall revert to the public schools of said town for white children, and said property belonging to, or used for the graded school for the colored children, shall revert to the public school for colored children of said town.

Sec. 10. That all laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.

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

Ratified the 11th day of March, A.D. 1895.

Elias Carr, Governor
Rufus A. Doughton, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Zebulon Vance Walser, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 23rd, 1895.

I, Octavius Coke, Secretary of State, hereby certify that the
foregoing (manuscript) are true copies of the original acts and
resolutions on file in this office.

Octavius Coke,
Secretary of State.

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