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Acording to North Carolina law:

The courts of pleas and quarter sessions had the authority "to bind out, 
as apprentices, all orphans whose estates are of so small value that no 
person will educate and maintain him or her for the profits thereof; also 
all children under age whose fathers have deserted their families, and 
have been absent for the term of one year, leaving them without sufficient 
support, or where application may be made to the wardens of the poor for 
relief...also all free base born children."  

The law also states, "The court of pleas and quarter sessions shall likewise 
have bind out as apprentices all free base born children of color, 
and all the children of free negroes and mulattoes where the parents with 
whom such children may live, do or shall not habitually employ his or her 
time in some honest, industrious occupation." [Chapter 5, sections 1 and 5 
of The Revised Statutes of the State of North Carolina passed by the General
Assembly at the Session of 1836-7... (Raleigh: Turner and Hughes, 1837).] 

Males were usually bound until the age of 21, while females were bound until
they were 18, except females of color, who were bound until they, too,
reached 21. The master was to provide his apprentice "diet, clothes,
lodging, and accommodations fit and necessary, and shall teach and cause him
or her to be taught to read and shall not be incumbent upon the
master of a colored apprentice to teach him or her to read and write." Upon
the expiration of the apprenticeship, the master was to provide the
apprentice with $6, a new suit of clothes, and a new Bible [Chapter 5,
sections 2, 3, and 6, 1836-7 Revised Statutes].

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