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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:
Location; trustees to organize; purpose of school. The trustees are empowered to purchase at some suitable and convenient point in this State, outside of and away from any city, town, or village, not less than one hundred acres nor more than five hundred acres of land whereon to erect and operate a school for the training and moral and industrial development of the criminally delinquent colored children of the State; and when such school shall have been organized, the trustees may in their discretion receive therein such delinquent and criminal colored children under the age of sixteen years as may be sent or committed thereto under any order of commitment by the judges of the Superior Courts or the recorders or other presiding officers of the city or criminal courts, and shall have the sole right and authority to keep, restrain, and control them during their minority, or until such time as they shall deem proper for their discharge, under such proper and humane rules and regulations as may be adopted by said trustees. All laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this section are repealed.