Within one year since it opened in 1900, reports of tackling terrible abuse occurred at a renovated school in the city of Marianna Florida. However, the Florida State Reform School will remain in place for a further 111 years, finally closing its doors on June 30, 2011.
Five years after he was hung, forensic anthropologists who investigated the site revealed that they found 55 graves and 51 sets of human remains, far more than would have been expected based on historical death records. Now, as Ben Montgomery reports to the Tampa Bay Times, maybe a further 27 grave was found.
The possible burial sites were detected when a subcontractor was clearing pollution after t Hurricane Michael removed 27 “anomalies” using land penetration radar to survey the area. I received the letter Tampa Bay Times, Governor Ron DeSantis led state representatives to link with county officials “as a first step to understanding and addressing these preliminary results.” T
Geosyntec, the environmental cleanup company that hired the subcontractor, issued a report to the Department of Environmental Protection late last month, which showed that A “liberal approach” was adopted when potential graves were revealed due to the terrible history of the property. The finds were made approximately 165 yards outside Boot Hill cemetery, where the 51 remains were previously housed at the University of South Florida, and do not follow a prescribed pattern.
“This randomness could be expected in a clandestine cemetery or an informal graveyard, where graves were excavated irregularly and not marked,” the company wrote in its report.
At this point, however, the true nature of the “anomalies” is unclear. Erin Kimmerle, the forensic anthropologist in charge of previous research on the site, tells CBS News the historical record does not support another cemetery in the school, and “additional fieldwork is of paramount importance to ascertaining these actual burials, the actual number, and the context.”
The institution, entitled Arthur G. Dozier's School for Boys in 1967, opened a mandate to transform young offenders into respected members of society, Erin Blakemore reported for Smithsonian.com in 2016 when the 55 graves were resurfaced. Children were placed for a wide range of disadvantages – everything from “theft and murder” to “incompatibility.” However, reports suggest that the school, rather than acting as a center of reform, became a prison of abuse. A series of investigations between 1903 and 1913 found that children were being hit in chains, food was refused, were under labor pressure and were hit. In recent years, a group of survivors – known as White House Boys – have experienced other terrible abuses, including sexual violence, in which they were reported to have been hit hard.
The 2016 report found that almost 100 boys died in the school between 1900 and 1975. Many of the deaths were not documented or reported to the state by the school. While some children died in 1914 fire and diseases such as influenza, other deaths were considered “suspicious” by South Florida University investigators. For example, a 15-year-old boy named Thomas E. Curry died of a tragic trauma in 1925 after he tried to run away from school. His death certificate states that he was killed by “wound forward, pressed on the skull from an unknown cause.” His body's location is not certain; It was reported that the remains of Curry were sent to his grandmother in Philadelphia, but as the remains could not be found in the grave for later excavation, the experts believe that it may have been planted by Boot Hill.
While there is still uncertainty about the classification of the latest findingsthe school 's brutality winners believe that there is more left over the school property.
Jerry Cooper, who is 74 years old now, was 16 years old when he attended the Florida School for Boys in 1961. “Mark my words,” he says with Montgomery Tampa Bay Times, "there are more companies out there."
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