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CHAPTER 401 AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A REFORMATORY FOR YOUTHS IN THE COUNTY OF MECKLENBURG. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
That for the purpose expressed in section one of this act the board of county commissioners of Mecklenburg County may purchase a suitable farm. If such property be purchased for the aforesaid purpose there shall be maintained thereon a building for boys with separate accommodations for white and colored boys, and a building for girls with separate accommodations for white and colored girls. The board of commissioners may employ a superintendent and such other assistants as may be deemed necessary to manage and control the institution under such rules as shall be established by such board: Provided, that the supertendent employed by the said board shall have the right and is hereby authorized to require obedience from all of the inmates of said reformatory, and is hereby intrusted with the authority to correct and punish any inmate thereof to the same extent as a parent may, under the law, impose upon his own child.