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After running away from an abusive mother in the 1950s, the courts deemed Robert Straley an "incorrigible youth" and sent him to live at the Florida School for Boys in picturesque Marianna, near the Georgia border. Straley couldn't imagine the horror he'd endure: regular beatings and torture at the hands of guards, whom others at the school witnessed raping and possibly even murdering.
Jerry Cooper, 67, told NPR that some of his classmates in the 1950s and 60s had committed no crimes. "A lot of orphans were there that did not have places at times, and they were sent to Marianna," he said.
Survivors call themselves the "White House Boys" after a small white building in the 1,400-acre site where children as young as five were chained to walls or tied to a bed and beaten said Roger Dean Kiser
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and co-host Dr. Okpara Nosakehere as the welcome three of the White House Boys, Dozier Historical Researcher Robert Straley, President of the Organization Jerry Cooper, author Roger Dean Kiser, and Nathan Dowling, Vice President.
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