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The special taxes thus levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of white persons shall be expended in keeping up a graded public school for white persons of both sexes between the ages of six and twentyone years ; and the special taxes thus levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of colored persons shall be expended in keeping up a graded public school for colored persons of both sexes, between the ages of six and twenty-one years: Provided, that the Salisbury graded school committee shall have power to receive into the graded school for white persuns any white pupil of either sex, without regard to age: and shall also have the power to admit to the graded school for colored persons any colored pupil of either sex, without regard to age.
That the board of education of Edgecombe, Brunswick, Pender and Washington counties shall at the time prescribed by law for distribution of the public school funds for said counties in the year eighteen hundred and eighty, ascertain the amount of outstanding and unpaid school drafts that have been issued for teachers wages prior to the first day of November, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight, in accordance with law; and shall notify the school committees of the several districts by advertisement at the court house of the amount of claims outstanding against each several district, together with the amount then due the same, having regard to the distinction between the white and colored schools; and it shall be the duty of the treasurer of said counties to pay the said old drafts out of any school money in his hands belonging to the district or districts upon which said draft or drafts were drawn.
That it shall be the duty of said board of trustees to establish graded public schools for the white and colored children of said Beaufort Graded School District, and the said board of _trustees shall use and appropriate the funds derived from said special tax herein provided for in such manner as shall be just to both races, without prejudice, and giving to each equal school facilities, due regard being had, however, to the costs of establishing and maintaining the graded schools for each race.
That in case a majority of the qualified voters of the said Beaufort Graded School District shall be in favor of such tax, the Board of Commissioners of Carteret County shall, in ad-_ dition to other taxes laid upon said school district, annually compute and levy, at the time of levying other taxes, a sufficient special tax upon the property of white and colored persons of said Beaufort Graded School District to raise such a sum of money as the trustees of said graded schools in said graded school district shall deem necessary to support and maintain said graded schools, which sum shall not exceed thirty cents on one hundred dollars valuation of property and ninety cents on each poll. The said trustees, whose appointment is hereinafter provided for, upon their appointment and qualification after the election herein provided for, shall meet and organize and report to the Commissioners of Carteret County what sum said trustees deem necessary to support and maintain said graded schools during the first year; and annually thereafter the said trustees, thirty days prior to the time for levying the county taxes, shall report to the said Board of Commissioners of Carteret County what sum is necessary to support and maintain said graded schools during the next year. The taxes levied for the support of said schools, as hereinafter provided, shall be annually collected as other taxes are collected, and paid over by the sheriff or other collecting officer to the Treasurer of Carteret County for the safe-keeping and proper distribution of the same, and the said tax levied and collected for said graded schools shall be kept sacred and separate and distinct from other taxes by the said officers, and shall be used only for the purposes for which they were levied and collected.
That all the territory embraced within the corporate limits of the town of Beaufort, and also all the territory embraced and included as it is now laid out in the present Public School District Number Eighteen, in Beaufort Township, shall be and is hereby constituted a school district for the white and colored children, to be known and designated as the Beaufort Graded School District.
That the white and colored members of the detailed militia shall not be compelled to serve in the same sections.
The white and colored militia shall be enrolled in separate and distinct companies and shall never be compelled to serve in the same companies.
That all funds applied to the Oxford Colored Orphanage under this act shall be charged against the sum appropriated to the Colored Reformatory or Colored Industrial Training School for support and maintenance.
That the Governor and Council of State may only order the funds so appropriated to be applied to the Oxford Colored Orphanage until the Colored Reformatory or Colored Industrial Training School shall be located and constructed.
That the Governor and Council of State be and they are hereby authorized and empowered to apply such amount of the sum appropriated for the support and maintenance of the Colored Reformatory or the Colored Industrial and Training School to the Oxford Colored Orphanage, at Oxford, North Carolina, as the Governor and Council of State may deem wise and advisable.