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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

LA TIMES: Human remains believed uncovered in search at Florida Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.The first of many to die at a Florida reform school infamous for inflicting beatings and abuse is identified in official records only as “Unknown colored boy.” Researchers say he died in 1911. But his name, final resting place, and the reason for his early death remain a mystery.  “I think there’s at least 100 more bodies,” Robert Straley, who was at the school for 10 months starting in 1963, said in a telephone interview. “From 1900 to 1940 were the most brutal years in that place. Back then, a white boy’s life wasn’t worth much and a black boy’s life wasn’t worth anything.”  The Dozier School for Boys was first known as the “Florida Industrial School” Marianna, Jackson County Florida, below are listed two unknown boys buried in the Dozier school graveyard, how do UNKNOWN boys end up in the graveyard?

Unknown, 115102124 b. 1918 d.  1924 Florida  Industrial School… Marianna Jackson County Florida,  USA
Unknown, 115102644 b. unknown d.  1911 Florida  Industrial School… Marianna Jackson County Florida,  USA
Varnadoe,  Thomas 37137094 b. unknown d. Oct.,  1934 Florida  Industrial School… Marianna Jackson County Florida,  USA
Ward,  Wallace 115127755 b. unknown d.  1921 Florida  Industrial School… Marianna Jackson County Florida,  US
Warner,  Puner 45678174 b. unknown d.  1918 Florida  Industrial School… Marianna Jackson County

Crowd attending a KKK rally - Tallahassee, Florida

From 1900 to 1940 the KKK had a very strong hold on the city of Marianna Fl where the Dozier School for Boys is/was located. From 1869-71, four years after the Civil War ended in 1865, Marianna, Jackson County FL was the center of a low-level guerrilla war known as the Jackson County War. Members of the Ku Klux Klan consisting of Confederate Army veterans assassinated over 150 white Republican Party officials and murdered prominent African-Americans as part of a successful campaign to retain white Democratic power.  The Florida Industrial School for Boys also known as the Dozier School for Boys Marianna Fl opened for business on January 1st, 1990, it appears that many of the guards and school officials were pulled from the membership of the KKK as was Florida governor Fuller Warren. In January 1949, Klansmen held a motorcade through Tallahassee Fl for newly- inaugurated governor Fuller Warren, a former Klansman from Blountstown Fl in the Panhandle.

It is a matter of fact that young boys, both white and colored, were raped and tortured at the Dozier School for Boys “White House” in Marianna Fl, at least 65 ended up dead. During the time frame of 1932 to 1936 there were reported to be 12 young  ’colored boys’ who died of “Pneumonia” at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna Fl.  On October 26th, 1934 the ‘colored man’ Claude Neal was brutally tortured and lynched in Marianna Fl by the KKK and his body was left hanging to a tree in the Marianna Town Square for 24 hours, so what really happened to those ‘colored boys’ at Dozier?
 
AERIAL VIEW OF THE DOZIER SCHOOL FOR BOYS CONCENTRATION CAMP MARIANNA FL ABOUT CIRCA 1940.
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
3).  Cato, Robert 45669559 C/M d. Feb. 24, 1935 Florida Industrial School…
4). Denson, Jesse 45678747 C/M d. 1932 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…
10). Nipper, Sam 45678650 C/M d. 1932 Florida Industrial School…
11). Pender, Dary 45678809 C/M d. 1932 Florida Industrial School…
13). Smith, Lee 45669267 C/M d. Jan. 5, 1932 Florida Industrial School… 
15). Vanadoe, Thomas 45669415 W/M d. Oct. 26, 1934 Florida Industrial School…
State records list the gravesites of 31 boys who died during their time at Dozier School in the 1900’s. But University of South Florida archaeologists, using ground-penetrating radar, have discovered about 50 more unmarked graves around the cemetery. Members of the Black Boys at Dozier Reform School, now in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, believe the undocumented graves contain the bodies of boys murdered at the school. Johnny Lee Gaddy says he was 11 years old in 1957 when he was taken to Dozier because had missed school.  He vividly recalls a horrific beating in a notorious building called the “White House” where beatings were routinely administeredGaddy says a school official, whom he only knew as “Mr. Marvin, a huge man, viciously beat him as he lay on a bed. Gaddy also cannot forget the time when he was taking garbage to the school’s dump. “I took a lot of garbage there all the time. But that particular time I saw a hand, a boy’s hand. And I asked, ‘What’s a hand doing in here?’ He (a friend) said, ‘I’ll tell you, don’t ever mention that to nobody because you can end up like that.’ So I didn’t mention it to nobody. I was scared all the time.”
    
    Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com
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