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The abuse at Dozier Reform School in Marianna, Florida has hit the air waves all over the world. Yet, a lot of people still haven't heard of the horrible beating, abuse, rapes and even the murders that took place there.
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and several of the black men who were abused as boys at Dozier Reform School in Florida.
For decades men who attended the infamous and notorious Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys have struggled to overcome the abuse, rapes, beatings and some say the murders that took place at the all boys reform school.
Adjunct Instructor Clare J. Washington and students from the Portland State University Black Studies Department will join former student Johnny Gaddy as he discuss his horrible experience as a student with the Instructor, students and the host Antoinette Harrell.
The book "Dark Days of Horror at Dozier: Rapes, Murders, Beating and Slavery, will be used as the textbook and study guide in her African Americans and 20th Century Slavery course.
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and her special guest.
55 bodies were found at the infamous Dozier Reform School in Marianna, Florida. Cadaver dogs were used to help locate the bodies. Several men like Johnny Lee Gaddy tells of stories of abuse that he suffered at the state-run school.
Johhny Gaddy was 11 years old in 1957 when he says police picked him up in Dade City and sent him to Dozier. He says guards would send dogs after boys who tried to run away, and he never saw several of them again. What’s more, he was counseled not to talk about what he saw…
“And when I was taking the garbage to the pit, and I told the guy, ‘That looks just like a boy’s hand right there, ” says Gaddy. ” He said, ‘Johhny, don’t ever say that again. If you don’t want to be like that, don’t ever say that again.’ So, everything that we seen and heard, we just had to not see it and not hear it.”
Please host Antoinette Harrell and her guest Johnny Lee Gaddy as they discuss this topic,
Johnny Lee Gaddy, a student at the reform school in 1957, recalled getting beaten in a dormitory, and being threatened with his life by a school guard named "Mr. Marvin." For the first time in over fifty years Johnny talks about what happen to him at Arthur G. Dozier Reform School for Boys. For decades he lived with this horrible nightmares that wouldn't go away. Please join host Antoinette Harrell and Johnny Lee Gaddy Co-Author of the new book " Dark Days of Horror at Dozier" Rapes, Murders, Beating & Slavery.
Read more: http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/rape-torture-murder-alleged-at-dozier-reform-school#ixzz2qoNR67nd
The Florida School for Boys also known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys was a reform school operated by the state of Florida in the panhandle town of Marianna from January 1, 1900 to June 0, 2011. For a time, it was the largest juvenile reform institution in the United States. A second campus was opened in the town of Okeechobee in 1955. Throughout its 111-year history, the school gained aa reputation for abuse, beatings, rapes, torture, and even murder of students by staff. Despite periodic investigations, changes in leadership and promises to improve, the allegations of cruelty and abuse continued. Many of the allegations were confirmed by separate investigations by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in 2010 and the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in 2011. State authorities finally closed the school permanently in June 2011.
Florida begin digging into its tragic past as anthropologists start unearthing what they believe are the remains of dozens of children buried on the grounds of a former reform school.
This past Saturday several black and white men who call themselves the " Black Boys at Dozier" and "The White House Boys" traveled to Marianna to be there in support of the dead boys who's remains were being exhumed. Both black and white men said they were beat, tortured and abused.
Johnny Lee Gaddy, 67, said he was locked up from 1957 to 1961 for truancy. He said he was severely beaten, but in his teens became a good farm worker, hoping to get released.
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and her special guests Richard Huntly, John Bonner, Johnny Lee Gaddy, and Arthur Huntley for this upcoming discussion.
Kimmerle said Tuesday. Bone and teeth samples will be submitted for DNA testing. This is not all surpising to Johnny Lee Gaddy who saw a hand and foot in the hog pen on the black side of the campus.
These dogs combed the 1,400 acres campus, sniffing thought the woodland of the panhandle, They alerted their handler to variety of spots. This isn't surpising to men like Johnny Lee Gaddy, Roger Dean Kiser and Andrew Puel was boys at Dozier Reform School.
Please join Host Antoinette Harrell and her special guest Johnny Lee Gaddy, Roger Dean Kiser and Andrew Puel for a discussion on this topic.
Danny Holloway spent time at Dozier Reform School for Boys in Marianna, Florida as a young boy. As most of the boys black and white who has spent time at Dozier, his memories are of the horrible treatment and beating.
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and her guest Danny Holloway for an upcoming discussion.
Joining us again on the Common Sense Conversations set, are the White House Boys of the Arthur G. Dozier Reform School. Tune in as we hear their stories and discuss their experiences at the Dozier Reform School. We will also get updates on the latest events.
Some fifty years later, Johnny Lee Gaddy can recall seeing little boys body parts in the hog pen at Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in Marianna, Florida for boys. Johnny was one of the boys who were abused at the school, he was beaten, raped and abused by staff members at the school.
The team led by Associate Professor Dr. Erin Kimmerle says they have located a total of 55 burials at the school. That is 24 more burials than officials records indicate.University of South Florida researchers began excavating the graveyard at the now-closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in September. The dig finished in December.
Researchers will try to identify the remains and determine the causes of death. The bodies were buried sometime between the late 1920s and early 1950s, researchers said.
Please join Johnny Lee Gaddy to discuss his horrible experience with host Antoinette Harrell.
Two more former inmates of Florida's infamous Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys have revealed information about another cemetery located on the campus. The cemetery are located on the white section of the campus. There are between 30 and 60 bodies buried there.
“I know that cemetery's there, I can picture it in my mind – 30 to 40 grave markers,” George, 67, confirms to SSN, saying he only saw the cemetery once, when he stumbled upon the site by accident
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and several of the men who called themselves the White House Boys for a discussion about the cemeteries on both sides of the campus.
In 1903, an inspection reported that children at the school were commonly kept in leg irons according to " Florida closing 111 year old reform school, United Press International, May 27, 2011, retrieved July 17, 2011." The one room white building with blood stains on the walls, beds and sheets, were used to beat black and white boys at Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.
Please join host Antoinette Harrell, Professor Clare Washington at Portland State University and her students for a discussion with Richard Huntly, Nate Dowling, Johnny Gabby as they discuss their childhood memories of Dozier Reform School in Marianna, Florida.
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