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CHAPTER: 17 \ An act to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate The Biddle University, ratified the tenth day of February, A. D. eightcen hundred and seventy-sever, and amendments thereto. WHEREAS, It is desirable to promote useful knowledge among the, freedmen ; and whereas, an institution of learning for their benefit has been established near the city of Charlotte, in the county of Mecklen- burg, by the Presbyterian church in the United States of America, under a charter granted in pursuance of sections fourteen and fifteen of chapter twenty-six of the Revised Code of North Carolina, said insti- tution being known and designated in said charter as Biddle Memorial Institute ; and whereas, a charter was obtained from the general as- sembly of this state incorporating the same under the name and style of The Biddle University, ratified the tenth day of February, A. D. eighteen hundred and seventy-seven, the provisions of which are incomplete, by reason of which and for a more efficient organization of said university, it is desirable to obtain further legislation from the state of North Carolina; therefore, The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall be able and capable in law to bargain, sell, grant, convey and confirm to the purchaser or purchasers such lands, rents, tenements and hereditaments aforesaid, when the condition ofthe grant to them, or the will of their devisor, does not forbid it; and the proceeds arising therefrom shall be held in trust for the use and benefit of the Presbyterian church in the United States of America, for the education of men of the colored race and others for the minSe tie 2 tl tae fect a Ni Li Met lt istry, for teachers, and for catechists; and further, that the said cor– poration may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered in all courts of record or otherwise whatsoever, in all manner of suits, complaints, pleas, matters and demands.