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An Act to Incorporate the Slater Industrial and State Normal School of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

1899 Public Laws: Chapter 561

Public Laws and Resolutions of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1899 - Pages 752-755.

Whereas, it appears to the general assembly that under and by virtue of articles of incorporation, signed by S. G. Atkins and others, filed and recorded in the office of the clerk of the superior court of Forsyth County, North Carolina, on the twenty-eighth day of September, eighteen hundred and ninety-two, and on the same day said persons, their associates and successors, were declared by the clerk duly incorporated in pursuance of law, as contained in chapter sixteen of The Code, under the name of the Slater Industrial Academy, and that said institution is possessed of valuable lands, dormitories, shops and a large and commodious building thereon, situated near the corporate limits of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and that the same has been provided and equipped for industrial and normal training of students and teachers of both sexes for the colored race; and

Whereas, by different Acts of the general assembly of North Carolina the same has been recognized, established and supported as one of the state normal schools for the colored race, and

Whereas, it appears that a more perfect and comprehensive plan of incorporation is required to provide for the proper growth and government of the same; therefore be it enacted and

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That H. E. Fries, H. R. Starbuck, W. A. Blair, A. H. Eller, Henry Roberts, George G. Williams, S. G. Atkins, J. F. George, Charles Dexter Allen, R. C. Caldwell, and such others as they may associate with them, and their successors be and are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate by the name, "The Trustees of Slater Industrial and State Normal School," and shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, and by the name aforesaid they and their successors shall be capable in law and shall have full power and authority to acquire, hold, possess, purchase, receive and retain to them and their successors forever any lands, tenements, rents, goods, chattels, franchises or interests of any kind whatsoever which may be granted, conveyed, bequeathed or given to them or by them purchased or otherwise acquired for the use of an institution of learning, to be called the Slater Industrial and State Normal School: Provided, the amount of land to be held by them shall not exceed one thousand acres. They and their successors shall have power to improve, cultivate and lay out said lands and erect buildings, bridges and other establishments thereon, and sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same in any manner whatsoever they may adjudge most useful to the interests and legitimate purposes of said institution; and by their corporate name may sue and plead and be sued and impleaded in all courts and places in North Carolina.

Sec. 2. That the purposes of said Slater Industrial and State Normal School shall be as follows: For the instruction of youth of the colored race in the various common school, academic and collegiate branches, the best methods of teaching the same and the best mode of practical industry in its application to agricultural and mechanic arts; and for the carrying out of these purposes the said trustees may establish any departments or schools in the said institution and issue any scholarships, certificates and diplomas and confer any degrees of merit and honor which they may determine upon, and to these ends cooperate with other institutions of like character.

Sec. 3. That the trustees or a majority of them shall choose by ballot a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and such other officers, teachers or agents as they shall deem necessary, and to remove the same at pleasure—two thirds of a quorum concurring in said removal. They shall also have the right and power to require a bond for the treasurer, payable to the trustees of said school in such penalty and with such security as they may deem reasonable, and conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office, said duties to be prescribed by the trustees or a majority of them. The said trustees may make any and all manner and form of contracts in behalf of said institution and manage and control the finances and resources and in general direct the affairs of the said institution.

Sec. 4. That when there shall be a vacancy in the board of trustees occasioned by death, removal, refusal to act, or in any otherwise, the remaining trustees or a majority of them shall, on notice from the president or secretary, supply said vacancy by electing other trustee or trustees at the next called meeting or the next regular meeting. It .shall be lawful for the president, secretary and treasurer, two other trustees concurring, to call a meeting of the trustees whenever they shall deem it expedient.

Sec. 5. That the board of trustees shall comprise not less than seven nor more than twenty-one persons, resident of this or any other state, and any five of them shall at all times constitute a quorum.

Sec. 6. That the trustees may at any meeting adopt such bylaws, rules and regulations not contrary to the laws of North Carolina or of the United States as they may deem necesary for the good government and proper management of the said institution.

Sec. 7. That from and after the passage of this Act the charter or articles of incorporation heretofore granted to the Slater Industrial Acadamy by the clerk of the superior court of Forsyth County, save so far as ratified by this Act, is hereby revoked and annulled.

Sec. 8. That all the rights, privileges and properties acquired by the said Slater Industrial Academy be and the same are hereby ratified and confirmed and vested in The Trustees of the Slater Industrial and State Normal School and their successors. And all duties and liabilities of the Slater Industrial Academy are hereby ratified and imposed upon The Trustees of the Slater Industrial and State Normal School and their successors.

Sec. 9. That it shall be the duty of the said board of trustees to cooperate with the superintendent of public instruction of North Carolina and the state board of education, and any trustees, boards, committees or officers which he or they may appoint, in and for the regulation and management of the State Normal School or department therein and the expenditure of such appropriations as are now in force or may hereafter be made by or under any Act of the general assembly of North Carolina for such normal school. And it shall be the duty of the said Trustees of the Slater Industrial and State Normal Schoolto make report to the superintendent of the state board of education concerning the management of said normal school or department, to be communicated to the general assembly.

Sec. 10. That any and all property held by The Trustees of the Slater Industrial and State Normal School for its legitimate purposes of education shall be exempt from all public taxes, dues and fees whatsoever.

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

Ratified the 6th day of March, A.D. 1899.

Daniel L. Russell, Jr., Governor
Charles A. Reynolds, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Henry Groves Connor, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, April 28th, 1899.

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

Cyrus Thompson,
Secretary of State.

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