Florida to build Dozier School memorials

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By: Associated Press
June 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that would set aside money to build two memorials regarding the boys who lived and died at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

Florida will also rebury the bodies of children whose remains were found on the site of the now shuttered reform school.

Nearly 100 boys died between 1900 and 1973 at the school located near Marianna, Florida.

The new law authorizes creation of a memorial at the state Capitol and one near Marianna. It also calls for reburying victims of a 1914 fire at the school cemetery in Marianna, and to rebury other remains in Tallahassee.

The legislation would also allow portions of the campus to be turned over to Jackson County.


By: Associated Press
April 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida may spend up to $1.2 million to build two memorials and rebury the bodies of children whose remains were found on the site of a now shuttered reform school.

The state Legislature is already considering a bill to formally apologize for abuse at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, where nearly 100 boys died between 1900 and 1973. The school was located near Marianna, some 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Tallahassee.

A House panel Thursday voted Thursday to carry out recommendations made last year by a state task force.

The bill authorizes creation of a memorial at the state Capitol and one near Marianna. It also calls for reburying victims of a 1914 fire at the school cemetery in Marianna, and to rebury other remains in Tallahassee.



 
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