Graves Found At Reform School

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 12:03pm

Team identifies 19 more graves at Florida reform school were boys were allegedly tortured and killed.

Researchers from the University of South Florida say there are at least 50 graves on the grounds of a former Panhandle reform school - higher than a state estimate of 31 graves - and that a second cemetery is likely to exist.

Anthropologists and archaeologists from USF have spent months conducting field work, scientific analysis and ethnographic research at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, which has been the subject of investigations into abuse allegations and suspicious deaths. The school, which opened in 1900, was closed last year.

A USF report contradicts a previous state report that said the identities of all 31 people buried at the school cemetery were confirmed.

Children were originally committed to the school for serious criminal offenses, but state law was later amended to include those convicted of minor incidents such as truancy.

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