Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys

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Publisher

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

This interim report provides a summary of the archaeological and historical investigation into the creation and initial identification of graves at the Boot Hill Cemetery in Marianna, Florida to date. The Florida State Reform School, also known as the "Florida Industrial School for Boys" (FIS) and most recently as the "Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys", first opened on January 1, 1900 on 1400 acres of land. Beginning as early as 1901, reports of children being chained to walls in irons, brutal whippings, and peonage surfaced. During the first 13 years of operation, there were more than six state led investigations. A recent investigation in 2008-09,2009 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) into the deaths that occurred at the school, reported 81 school-related deaths from 1911-1973. As a result of this investigation, a record of 98 deaths was found in historical documents, including boys aged 6-18 years and two adult staff members. These deaths occurred between 1914-1973. However, state records regarding cause of death and school ledgers are only public record for the years prior to 1960. Therefore the scope of this investigation was 1900-1960.

Keywords

Juvenile justice, Forensic anthropology

Description

118 p. : col. ill. ;

Subject: topical

Juvenile justice, Administration of; Forensic anthropology

Language

English

Type

Text

Genre

Technical reports

Format

application/pdf

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys

Identifier

D23-00001

Documentation of the Boot Hill Cemetery 8JA1860) at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys:  Interim report

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