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An Act to Incorporate and Establish Two Literary Societies in Shaw University.

1897 Private Laws: Chapter 170

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1897 - Pages 355-356.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That G. H. Mitchell, R. P. Hamlin, J. C. Campbell, H. C. Patterson, W. H. Knuckles, Charles Bostic, G. O. Bullock, W. R. Frazer, A. W. Scott, J. W. Lyon, Joshua Levister, J. G. King, J. W. Satterwhite, T. H. Johnson, L. W. Smith, S. F. Edmead, Wm. Larkins, J. J. Jones, A. J. Christian, J. W. Curry, W. A. Jones, J. T. Doles, W. P. Graves, and such other persons as may be associated with them and their successors, be and are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, under a name and style of the No. I. (permanent name hereafter to be inserted) Literary Association, and tliat W. R. Taylor, H. S. Moore, F. S. Hargraves, G. W. Yores, H. H. Tatum, C. T. Branch, C. W. Morris, A. A. Wyche, N. S. Hargraves, J. D. Knox, C. R. Frazer, C. F. Graves, L. A. Fletcher, Hiram Holland, J. H. Brinkley, W. T. Askew, J. H. McCullough, J. A. Williams, W. T. Pollard, Henry Williams, J. W. Paisley, W. H. Jackson, J. E. Powe and such other persons as may be associated with them and their successors, also be and are hereby constituted and appointed a body politic and corporate, under a name and style No. II (name to be hereafter inserted) Literary Society, both to be located in the city of Raleigh, N. C., in Shaw University for the promotion of useful knowledge and the better cultivation of the thinking and speaking faculties of the student at Shaw University.

Sec. 2. The general management of these two societies shall be vested in the persons named in societies Nos. I. and II., their associates and sucessors, and a new member or members, for the carrying out of the designated purpose, may be chosen by the remaining members by a majority vote at a regular or special meeting and so on in perpetual succession.

Sec. 3. Said incorporated societies shall have power to make a constitution and by-laws, rules and regulations for the admission, government, suspension and expulsion of their members, the collection of fees, fines and dues, the number, election and duties of its officers, the safe keeping and protection of their property and funds, and from time to time to alter, modify or change such constitutions, by-laws, rules and regulations.

Sec. 4. Said corporate societies shall have power to sue and be sued by their corporate names (hereafter to be added) and shall have power to take by purchase, lease, gift, grant, devise and bequest, and real or personal estate, and hold, convey and transfer the same: Provided, it does not hold at any one time real property to the value of more than fifty thousand dollars.

Sec. 5. The individual members of these two societies shall not in any event be liable for any of the debts or obligations of the corporations nor shall any member have an individual ownership of the property of the said societies, but the active interest of each member in the property and the privileges and franchises of these incorporated societies shall cease at death or when such active membership is terminated. The property of these two incorporated societies shall forever be exempt from taxation.

Sec. 6. This Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 9th day of March, A.D. 1897.

Daniel L. Russell, Jr., Governor
Charles A. Reynolds, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
A.F. Hileman, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, April 28th, 1897.

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

Cyrus Thompson,
Secretary of State.

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