North Carolina Education - Johnston County

Year County Established

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County Seat Webpage Herein

1746

Johnston County

Smithfield
This Author has not found the legislative Acts and Resolutions from 1791 to 1816. If they are ever located then they will be appropriately included herein.
On November 20, 1819, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Smithfield Academy in the town of Smithfield in Johnston County. Nineteen (19) trustees were named in the Act, and they were authorized to raise $2,000 via a lottery.
On December 26, 1821, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Sardis Academy in Johnston County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act.
On January 14, 1832, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to raise a fund to establish free schools in Johnston County. Voters were instructed to elect trustees from each school district. This Act was repealed on January 10, 1835; see below.
On January 10, 1835, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to repeal the earlier Act of January 14, 1832 (directly above) concerning free schools in Johnston County.
On January 29, 1849, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Johnston Academy in Johnston County. Five (5) trustees were named in the Act.
On February 17, 1885, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to authorize certain citizens of Sampson County to send their children to Glenwood Academy in the village of Glenwood in southern Johnston County.
On March 6, 1885, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to authorize qualified voters in the town of Smithfield to decide whether to levy a special tax to fund graded schools in the town of Smithfield in Johnston County. Twelve (12) trustees were named for the white school, and eight (8) trustees were named for the colored school.
On March 7, 1887, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to authorize the trustees of Smithfield Academy in the town of Smithfield in Johnston County to convey its school building and lot to School District No. 40 to be used as a public school for white children.
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1889 and 1890, it was reported that there were six (6) private schools for white children and two (2) private schools for colored children in Jackson County. The private schools for white children were:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Princeton Academy

Princeton

W.L. Creech

26

Glenwood High School

Glenwood

R.C. Craven

134

Pine Hill Academy

Earpsborough

Rev. W.C. Nowell

23

Primary School

Smithfield

Miss F.A. Higden

18

Selma Academy

Selma

H.A. Foushee

65

Smithfield Collegiate Institute

Smithfield

John L. Davis & Ira T. Turlington

89
The private schools for colored children were:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Smithfield Preparatory School

Smithfield

John W. Byrd

78

Clayton Preparatory School

Clayton

Q.C. Mial

35
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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