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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. 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. 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. 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.

  6. I was in Dozier and so was my father. They would beat you up with no problem.

  7. The white hipocrites in Tallaasssssseeee are the ones in charge of this investigation and are trying to white wash crimes against human nature with their twisted lies of trash.My name is gladiator I will have my revenge in this life time or the next Psalms 91 and when I hold my sword high with the head of the snake God will be pleased with my soul that the snake will crawl back into hell and burn one thousand times fire than the sun……………….

  8. I was in this school I was flogged slave labor abused refused medical treatment I escaped three times and was never caught the last time escaped run forest run.Its time to unite its a Black& White thing on this one.I will talk to any of your investigators that are handling this and have already Clint at Senator Bill Nelson`s office in Washington D.C. Troy Tidwell the whip master has a knife with a carved hooded klans man on a horse he is in the Jackson County triple K Club and this racial hate is still a part of the politics in this region.Psalms 91 my brothers I feel the soul see my story Daniel Holloway whitehouse boys google search or yahoo have a blessed day.

  9. This is not a good sign at all and there wasn't a full blown investigation until 2011. OMG I want to scream. Our boys again were specifically targeted. God Rest their souls.

  10. All these kids deserve a decent burial, all need to be found. USF is doing forensic discovery….well will prevail in the end:
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  11. Ben Montgomery & Waveney Anne Moore did a six Sunday series "For Their Own Good: http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/marianna/.

  12. Not one black leader has stepped up to ask why all these bodies of black teenagers are just now being found. Where is the outrage? It only took one boy (Martin Anderson) to have 2,000 people marching down the street. Ironically it was his picture that started this story….http://thewhitehouseboysonline.com/HISTORICAL-WITNESSES-SHORT-LIST.html.

    • I don't understand why the black community has not gotten involved in this quest for information regarding deaths of young black boys. Where are the civil rights leaders? One black kid killed in Sanford, Fl and all hell breaks loose last year but not one black leader has joined our efforts to expose the possible murders of many black children.

  13. We've been trying to expose this (and did) four years, started in winter of 2007, story broke by Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald My web at http://thewhitehouseboysonline.com/ all stories and video. These people in Jackson County (KKK) were monsters…they flogged boys for 68 years and got away with it. Some who went into the "WhiteHouse" punishment room, never came out R. Straley

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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

  18. black people we need created our own government and get away from these wicked motherfuckers because believe me they will never change.

  19. This is really applauding what a shame , many evil done still yet to unfold. Answers needed by those who headed this institute. Shame , where is humanity people , may the dead discovered rest in peace.

  20. I totally agree with Omar nothing should shock us! when Katrina hit my family in Texas said corpse s were floating all over because there's only one cemetery for blacks, I've seen the cemetery when I was younger and I asked my mom why I could see the casket sticking out of the ground? she said the caskets were entombed, and they we're sticking out because every black person since the cemetery was built has has been buried here (separate but equal, Jim crow), lots of my family members are buried there and will be buried there. they're running out a room and I couldn't help feel your presence, of spirits, the history in the soil. I'm thinking white people had no respect for our ancestors when they were living or dead. I was reading the comments and I notice no 1 asked what they were going to do with the grave sites.? I want to know who were these children? why did they choose this school? was it all white teachers? can we DNA test something

  21. Dear brothers,
    Here in Brazil where we blacks make up 60% of brazilian population the law system has been hard with us too. In 2010 30,000 young males died due to street violence and 74% were black at the age ranging from 15 to 29 years old.

  22. 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.

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  24. This is not the first time a grave site was discovered where bodies of African-Americans were buried. Hopefully, this investigation is not swept under the rug by some political scandal or entertainment fodder.

  25. Trina-Ramona Jackson

    Just to be fair to recent employees of the school, the abuse reports and suspicious deaths were between the 1940's and 1960's. None of those employees were there when the school closed in 2011. In fact the closing was due to funding issues not abuse charges. That being said, a thorough investigation of what happened needs to be done

  26. 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

  27. Disgusting behaviour. We know who needs reforming.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. @David Halladay– I agree with Shirley, and will add that the burden of proof is on the state of florida and the USA to prove that this is NOT racist, not on Black people to prove that it is.

    • absolutely. But before I cast judgement I would like to know if it was against young boys in general. And it will be interesting to see if they even look at how the boys died …

  31. I want to know how many white students they find and what was the ratio of students there. I do not want to see it turned in a race thing that it does not have to be. If it is racial, then yes, but if it is child abuse and the ratios show that, lets prosecute it for what it is. If it is racial, lets go after them for that.

  32. This is simply astounding. And for those "tough on crime" types please keep in mind these were children. The Brutality and cruelty these young men suffered must have been unbearable. My heart goes out to them and those who survived this barbaric treatment at the hands of those in power!

  33. WOW! This needs national media attention and prosecution of anyone living who was part of this "School" administration…including secretaries and office workers!

  34. Thanks for posting this. The news media needs to stop making the suffering of Black people invisible, and this article helps bring the routineness of prison violence against Black people to light, when otherwise it would have stayed buried just like those boys. One thing I would challenge in this article is the phrase "even raped" in the first paragraph. By saying "even," it seems like the author is unintentionally talking about rape as though it is surprising to know that it did happen to Black boys. At the risk of being too straightforward, let me say that at this point in our history, nothing should really surprise us. They've done it all and they've done it to all of us. We know that anything can happen to any of us anywhere at any time. Even murder, even rape, even abuse, etc. None of it should surprise us. Thank you again.

    • Thanks for pointing out the issue with "even"!

    • Omar and others, please see the documentary entitled Hidden Colors 2. It will blow you away. Whites have dominated and controlled the media historically. The 4 producers of Part 2 exposes it all. Also view Hidden Colors Part 1. Excellent expose.

    • Philip Marchesani

      omar it also happen to all of us both black an white we were used as slaves to work on farms of the campus. if we did not work we got beat. it was like a consontration camp like the nazis did to the jews.

  35. What is done in darkness will eventually come to light… Just a confirmation of this fact here.

  36. This is unbelievable and downright sickening. Such a sad story.

  37. Angela DonDiva Thompson

    Doesn't even surprise me smh!

  38. Smh so sad

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