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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Long Overdue End To Dozier School For Boys' Legacy of Abuse "School of Horrors" To Close For Good On June 30th.


DOZIER "School of Horrors" To Close For Good On June 30th.

ST PETE TIMES...The news comes decades too late for generations of abused young men. But the state of Florida finally has stopped defending a culture of horrific abuse and will shut down a North Florida school for boys at the end of June after more than a century of looking the other way. The courage of former students who recounted the abuse they endured, renewed public scrutiny and a state financial crisis combined to force a decision that should have been made years ago.

The Department of Juvenile Justice announced Thursday, 5/26/2011, that the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys — recently renamed the innocuous North Florida Youth Development Center — will be shut down and its 63 detainees will be sent to other facilities. The state will save more than $14 million and focus more on forward-looking prevention and community-based services. Gov. Rick Scott's administration deserves credit for finally putting a stop to a pattern of state-sanctioned abuse that governors from both political parties refused to address.

The shameful history of this facility and the failure of the state's leaders to deal with it leaves a permanent stain. In the early 1900s, boys were kept there in irons and beaten with a leather strap. By the 1950s, it was the largest boys' school in the country even as the reports of beatings continued. In 2008, a group of men who were confined there in the 1950s and '60s filed a lawsuit claiming horrible abuse. An investigation by the St. Petersburg Times uncovered evidence of mysterious deaths or abuse in nearly every decade of the institution's existence. Times reporters Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore described the permanent physical and emotional scars the experience left on generations of boys who left the facility worse off than when they arrived, MORE FROM THIS SOURCE



Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida also known as the Florida State Reform School, questions still remain about individuals buried at the Dozier “Boot Hill” Cemetery, herein referred to as the “School Cemetery,” on the North Side or “Number 2” side and was there a second Cemetery on the South Side or “Number 1″?

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) report of May 14th, 2009 indicates that 10 persons died in a 1914 School fire, another 21 individuals (6 had no death certificate issued) are listed (from 1919 to 1952) to have died from a variety of injuries, murder or sickness and found to have been buried (31) in the School’s Cemetery through documentation in the School ledgers, The Yellow Jacket newspaper, and death certificates.

“Find A Grave” source indicates that there are supposed to be 65 bodies buried at the Florida Industrial School for Boys, the names are individually listed see link click here, this source indicates that 15 boys died between 1932 to 1936, 3 were White Boys and 12 were “Colored boys”, C/M indicates Colored Male;

1). Brinson, James 45678576 C/M d. 1932 Florida Industrial School
2). Buckley, Joshua 45678920 C/M d. 1935 Florida Industrial School…
3). Cato, Robert 45669559 C/M d. Feb. 24, 1935 Florida Industrial School…
4). Denson, Jesse 45678747 C/M d. 1932 Florida Industrial School…
5). Hammond, James (Joseph) 45669658 C/M d. May 2, 1936 Florida Industrial School
6). Harrell, Lonnie 45678483 W/M d. 1932 Florida Industrial School…
7). Heading, Willie 45678614 C/M d. 1932 Florida Industrial School…
8). Huff, Grady 45669604 W/M d. Mar. 4, 1935 Florida Industrial School…
9). Nelson, Richard 45669478 C/M d. Feb. 23, 1935 Florida Industrial School…
10). Nipper, Sam 45678650 C/M d. 1932 Florida Industrial School…
11). Pender, Dary 45678809 C/M d. 1932 Florida Industrial School…
12). Shaw, Archie 45678881 C/M d. 1932 Florida Industrial School…
13). Smith, Lee 45669267 C/M d. Jan. 5, 1932 Florida Industrial School…
14). Stephens, Joe 45669369 C/M d. May 9, 1932 Florida Industrial School…
15). Vanadoe, Thomas 45669415 W/M d. Oct. 26, 1934 Florida Industrial School…

The FDLE Report indicates that from 1932 to 1936 only 7 boys died, 5 “Colored Males” and 2 White Males at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida also known as the Florida State Reform School facility.

1). Lee Smith C/M 01/05/1932
2). Joe Stephens C/M 05/09/1932 Flu
3). Thomas Varnadoe W/M 10/26/1934 Pneumonia
4). Richard Nelson C/M 02/23/1935 Influenza Baltzell Hospital,
5). Robert Cato C/M 02/24/1935 Influenza Baltzell Hospital,
6). Grady Huff W/M 03/04/1935 Illness/Cemetery Miller Davidson
7). James (Joseph) Hammond C/M 05/02/1936

Florida Industrial School for Boys, Grave Search Results, Records 1 of 65 total matches. Cemetery notes and/or description: This small field is located in the woods on the present grounds of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a state juvenile correction facility. Originally known as the Florida State Reform School (Established in 1900) and later the Florida Industrial School for Boys, the institution has a notorious reputation as an abusive place in its earlier years, complete with a torture chamber known as the “White House”.

The cemetery was active from about 1914 to 1952. Since death certificates were not required prior to 1917 and subsequent records are not complete, it is not known how many people are interred here. State Investigators believe at least 81 are buried here and at another location about 500 yards to the north. The argument for two locations is bolstered by the fact that it was not the custom in the days when the cemetery was active to bury whites and coloreds at the same site (The races were segregated at this facility).

31 metal crosses were erected at this location near extant shallow indentations in the ground in 1996 to replace concrete/rebar crosses from the 1960′s that had been removed and stored near the site…It is believed wooden crosses or no markers were originally employed…



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