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EVANS et al. v. NEWTON et al.
22534.
Equitable petition. Bibb Superior Court. Before Judge Long.
ALMAND, Justice.
The judgment of this court of September 28, 1964, in the case of Evans v. Newton, 220 Ga. 280 (138 SE2d 573), having been reversed by the Supreme Court of the United States on January 17, 1966, the judgment of this court is vacated and the trial court is directed to pass on the contentions of the parties not passed on previously, and the judgment of the United States Supreme Court of January 17, 1966, is made the judgment of this court.
In response to our request, counsel for the plaintiff in error and counsel for the defendant in error, other than the City of Macon, have filed briefs as to what directions, if any, should be given on the return of this case to the trial court.
When this case was before us for review, we sustained the orders of the trial judge accepting the resignation of the City of Macon as trustee of Baconsfield and appointing new trustees. The Supreme Court of the United States, in the general reversal of the judgment of this court, did not, in the majority opinion, make any specific ruling on the right of the City of Macon to resign as trustee or that new trustees could not be appointed. The resignation of the City of Macon as trustee of Baconsfield because of its inability to carry out the provisions of the trust being an accomplished fact (and we know of no law that could compel it to act as trustee) and the order of the court appointing new trustees having been reversed, the trust property is without a trustee. Even if new trustees were appointed, they would be compelled to operate and maintain the park as to Whites and Negroes on a non-discriminatory basis which would be contrary to and in violation of the specific purpose of the trust property as provided in the will of Senator Bacon.
Under these circumstances, we are of the opinion that the sole purpose for which the trust was created has become impossible of accomplishment and has been terminated. (See Restatement (Second), Trusts 335. "Where a trust is expressly created . . . [and] fail[s] from any cause, a resulting trust is implied for the benefit of the grantor, or testator, or his heirs." Code 108-106 (4)).
The judgment of this court of September 28, 1964, is vacated, and the judgment of the Supreme Court of the United States is made the judgment of this court.
Jones, Sparks, Benton & Cork, Trammell F. Shi, for appellees.
Donald L. Hollowell, William H. Alexander, Jack Greenberg, James M. Nabrit, III, for appellants.
DECIDED MARCH 14, 1966.
Friday May 22 20:08 EDT


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