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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.
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.
We are expanding the national conversation about equity in education to include private schools. Many private schools offer their students unique and engaging curricula and safe, holistically nurturing environments. Many private schools also serve diverse student populations.
Jeff Sindler, Head of School for a private school in the Washington D.C. area, will discuss how private schools ensure their doors are open to students of all backgrounds and where private schools fit in school reform conversations and efforts.
Host, Allison R. Brown, is a civil rights attorney and President of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC), which creates education equity plans for schools and helps non-profit organizations to promote equity in education.
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.
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.
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.
Several black men traveled over 300 miles to Marianna, Florida for the first time in over forty-years to bring closure to the childhood memories that still haunted them. They were beaten and abused as boys at Dozier Reform School.
As they walked the ground on the black side they were haunted by the childhood memories. They looked around the campus with tears in their eyes as those memories came flooding back.
"When I look at these cottages, when I look at the kitchen, all these memories come back, " said Huntley. "My feet come back, when I got my toe cut off, comes back."
John Bonner, Johnny Gaddy and Arthur Huntley was among the black men who traveled back to Marianna, Florida to hold a candlelight vigil for the dead boys.
"It makes me feel good to come back here and do this for them," said Arthur Huntley President of the Black Boys at Dozier Reform School. "It gives me deep satisfaction to be here today."
Several of the White House Boys join in for the candlelight vigil. Micheal Sapp and Andrew Puel offered up a special prayer for deceased boys.
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and her special guests, Black Boys at Dozier Reform School and some of the White House Boys for a discussion on this subject.
Andrew Puel has spent several years conducting research at the City Directory in Mariana. FL. Andrew was looking for any information that would give him any leads as to what happened to some of the missing boys at Dozier Reform School in Marianna. Andrew will reveal some of the records he found at the City DIrectory. He found school newspapers called the "Yellow Jacket" and other documents that revealed value information about Dozier. He also conducted research at the Florida State A
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Although they were segregated at Dozier Reform School in Marianna, Florida, they all shared some of the same horrible experiences as little boys at Dozier. The white boys could not go on the black side and the black boys could not go on the white side.
Both black and white boys were beat and whipped in a building call the White House. They all can recall moments in the White House that they wish they could forget.
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and Professor Clare Washington of Portland State University for an interview with these men.