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CHAPTER 122. AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A REFORM AND MANUAL TRAIN- ING SCHOOL FOR COLORED YOUTHS. Whereas it appears to the General Assembly that there are in this State many negro youths between the ages of seven and six- teen years who violate the criminal law, and that while such youths should be detained and punished and taught the doctrine of religion, good morals, and how to work, it would be to the best interest of such youths and criminals that they be not associated with older and more hardened criminals, but that they should be kept separate therefrom : The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
The training of inmates. The officers of the school shall receive and take into it all children committed thereto by competent a thority, or received therein as aforesaid, and shall cause all such children in the school to be instructed in such rudimentary branches of useful knowledge as may be suited to their various ages and capacities. The said children shall be taught such useful trades and given such manual training as the board may direct. And such children shall perform such manual labor as the principal or other superintending officers, subject to the direction of said board, may order. All inmates shall, if possible, be taught the precepts of the Holy Bible, good moral conduct, how to work and to be industrious. The board of directors shall first establish and maintain such departments of the Manual Training School as shall be adapted to the use of such class of boys as in the discretion of the board shall be most in need of such care and training and will probably be most benefited thereby.