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An Act to Establish an Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race.

1891 Public Laws: Chapter 549

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1891 - Pages 607-609.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That a college of agriculture and mechanical arts be and the same is hereby established for the colored race, to be located at some eligible site within this state, to be hereafter selected by the board of trustees hereinafter provided for.

Sec. 2. That the said institution shall be denominated "The Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race."

Sec. 3. That the leading object of the institution shall be to teach practical agriculture and the mechanic arts and such branches of learning as relate thereto, not excluding academical and classical instruction.

Sec. 4. That the management and control of the said college and the care and preservation of all of its property shall be vested in a board of trustees, who shall be selected by the general assembly at each term thereof, consisting of nine members, one from each of the several congressional districts of the state, three of whom shall be selected for a term of two years, three for four years and three for six years, and at the expiration of the term of each class their successors shall be elected for a term of six years. Any vacancy which may occur for any cause shall be filled by the governor for the unexpired term. That the said board shall elect one of their number to be the president of the board of trustees.

Sec. 5. That the said board of trustees shall have power to prescribe rules for the management and preservation of good order and morals at the said college as are usually made in such institutions; shall have power to appoint its president, instructors, and as many other officers or servants as to them shall appear necessary and proper, and shall fix their salaries, and shall have charge of the disbursement of the funds, and have general and entire supervision of the establishment and maintenance of the said college, and the president and instructors in the said college by and with the consent of the said board of trustees shall have the power of conferring such certificates of proficiency or marks of merit and diplomas as are usually conferred by such colleges.

Sec. 6. That the said board of trustees are empowered to receive any donation of property, real or personal, which may be made to the said College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, and shall have power to invest or expend the same for the benefit of said college, and shall have power to accept on behalf of this college such proportion of the fund granted by the congress of the United States to the state of North Carolina for industrial and agricultural training as is apportioned to the colored race, in accordance with the Act or Acts of congress in relation thereto.

Sec. 7. That in addition to the powers hereinbefore granted, the board of trustees shall have power to make such rules and regulations with respect to the admission of pupils to said college for the various congressional districts of this state as they may deem equitable and right, having due regard to the colored population thereof.

Sec. 8. For the purpose of locating the said college at some convenient and suitable site within the state, the said board of trustees are hereby authorized to receive propositions from the various localities of this state, and are hereby fully empowered to accept any proposition which to them may seem best for the interests of the state and for carrying out the purposes of this Act according to the true intent and meaning thereof.

Sec. 9. That before the said board of trustees shall finally accept a proposition from any locality for the establishment of the said college thereat, they shall receive a deed in fee-simple absolute to them and their successors in office for all lands, buildings or structures donated as a consideration for the location of said college.

Sec. 10. That for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars is hereby annually appropriated to the said college, and the treasurer of the state is hereby authorized and directed to pay the said amount out of any funds in the treasury not otherwise appropriated upon the warrant of the board of trustees or such other officer or officers as the said board may designate.

Sec. 11. That until the site and buildings shall have been furnished for the location of the said college, the said board of trustees shall have power to make temporary provisions for the industrial and mechanical education of the colored youth of the state at some established institution of learning within the state, under such rules and regulations as they may prescribe.

Sec. 12. That until the site and buildings shall have been furnished for the location of the said college and the buildings shall be completed, the provisions which now or may be made by the trustees of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts with any present institution of learning in the state shall continue; but said trustees shall not have power to make any such arrangement for more than one year at a time, but when said buildings shall have been completed then the board of trustees of the Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race shall have all the rights, powers and privileges of the said board of trustees of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts over any and all funds which may belong or appurtain to the colored race.

Sec. 13. That the trustees of the said "The Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race" shall be entitled to the same per diem and mileage as compensation for attendance upon the meetings of said board, as are now allowed by the law to the members of the general assembly.

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

Ratified the 9th day of March, A.D. 1891.

Daniel G. Fowle, Governor
Thomas M. Holt, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Rufus A. Doughton, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, June 13, 1891.

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

Octavius Coke,
Secretary of State.

An Act Supplementary and Amendatory to an Act Entitled "An Act to Establish an Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race."

1891 Public Laws: Chapter 579

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1891 - Page 626.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That J. M. Early of Bertie County is hereby named as temporary chairman of the board of trustees of the Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race, to the end that he call said board together at such time and place as rnay be suitable for the purpose of effecting a permanent organization of said board of trustees: Provided, that this Act shall not interfere with the several provisions of the Act of which this is amendatory.

Sec. 2. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 9th day of March, A.D. 1891.

Daniel G. Fowle, Governor
Thomas M. Holt, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Rufus A. Doughton, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, June 13, 1891.

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

Octavius Coke,
Secretary of State.



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