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Graves of Dozens of African-American Boys Among Those Found at Florida Reform School

Boys at the Dozier School

Authorities have found nearly 100 unmarked graves at a Florida reform school where students were reportedly beaten, murdered, and even raped.

It was originally believed that 81 boys died at the school, but scientists researching the grounds now believe that 98 boys died while at the school between 1911 and 1973. At least 19 of the deaths appear not to have been reported to law enforcement.

The Dozier School for Boys opened in 1900 and has gone by several names. Even though the names changed, the school was always known for its brutality. Many activists demanded  reforms during the time, but  little changed.

The school, which opened in 1900,  was closed in June 2011 by the Department of Juvenile Justice after a years-long investigation of widespread physical and s*xual abuse.

Thus far, the evidence of deaths has come mostly from the African-American gravesite on the north side of the school. Many of those graves were marked with crosses. But researchers are are not done with their research and anticipate finding additional gravesites on the other side of campus where the white boys lived.

‘We anticipated finding about 25 to 30 grave shafts,’ said Christian Wells, an assistant professor of anthropology who led the anthropological work at the site. ‘But in fact we found a minimum of 50.’

Dozier’s records show that at least 50 students were buried on the school’s campus, while over 30 bodies were sent away to be buried. Some of the boys were killed after attempting to escape the reform school.

African-American children at the school were three times more likely to be buried in an unspecified location than the white boys, the report found, according to a report done by researchers.

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  3. Dorothy Goldsmith

    January 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    OUr youth suffer and loose their lives even today, because we allow and live in apathy, acknowledgement of current events discussions on collective objectives are going on and on but the stark and empty souls of our youth cries for much more than our thoughts, words and sympathy.

    Michael I believe you are right, power is as power does. The honorable Elijah Muhm and Minnister Farrakahn not only speak and impliment, their whole soul in invested in black families and youth.

    I believe we need to leave indecision and apathy to those who thinks and express this as proper conduct for those who beleive the slaughter of three generationa of black youth is some how their fault.

  4. Dorothy Goldsmith

    January 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    The long sufferage is felt and exibited in our youth today, you all expressions are insiteful and correct. Especially Michael on the honorable Elijah Muh and Farrakhan, our generiousity has and is still being taken for granite, our only salvation is to own and protect our youth and families.

  5. Dorothy Goldsmith

    January 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    The long sufferage is felt and exibited in our youth today, you all expressions are insiteful and correct. Especially Michael on the honorable Elijah Muh and Farrakhan, our generiousity has and is still being taken for granite, our only salvation is to own and protect our youth and families.

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  7. Michael

    December 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

    This is why the Hon.Elijah Muh said we must separate. Separation is not the solution, its the Only solution. Integration has been and is the biggest trick played on us. This enemy made our fathers here in America a docile people, and those that try to stand up we(black folks) sell them out and the enemy make examples of them.

    We better listen and help Minister Farrakhan before its too late, because once God call him home, America will be destroyed and most of us because of apathy and cowardice, envy and jealousy.

    The Hon. Elijah Muh. said the preachers has been one of his main obstructionist and freeing the minds of our people to come out of spookville.

    These graves opens up a lot of cans of worms and we as men have got to stand up and not demand, but comand justice and get our babies out of the enemy hands.

  8. Sandra

    December 13, 2012 at 5:23 am

    This is really heartbreaking to hear about young people who never got the chance to live their lives, due in part to circumstances beyond their control. Afterall, they were just children and should have been protected by all involved.

  9. willie gibbs jr

    December 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    i think the dept of juvenile justice knew they just sweep it under the rug.

  10. willie gibbs jr

    December 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    i think the dept of juvenile justice knew they just sweep it under the rug.

  11. Mark Dunston

    December 12, 2012 at 4:02 am

    obviously and as usual, what angers me the most is what surprises me the least – why it took the department of juvenile justice or anyone else for that matter, so long to look into this.

  12. Harriett Walden

    December 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I grew in Florida,It has always been a State that was hard on the Negro, I grew up in segregation and hate. I am not surprise that a mass graved was found with Negroes youth, I am sure there will be even more to come to light about Fla, dark past

    • Willian Rodrigues

      December 12, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Where in the world is easy to be black?

  13. Tom Eggebeen

    December 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Part of a tragic pattern that long prevailed in the South and other parts of the country as well, and, sadly, still exits – the invisibility of the poor, especially Black Americans. Thanks for bringing this sad tale to light.

  14. SHIRLEY E. GRAYSON

    December 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Of course it racial, anytime the color of ones skin is tthe 1st thing one sees and feels its alright to kill, mame, or do any thing without regards to human beings rights..is racist. Black folk know this, and if you have been keeping up with Florida’s stand your ground LAW then there should be no question. Nothing will happen until a Black person stand their ground……AND IT IS TIME FOR THAT.