Marianna, FL – Dozier School for Boys

USF Dozier Research Team Presents at the American Anthropology Association Meetings
The USF Department of Anthropology Research team, Drs. Erin Kimmerle, Antoinette Jackson, and E. Christian Wells and Syracuse University Professor of Law, Dr. Paula C. Johnson, led an Invited Session on the Dozier School Project on November 21, 2013 at the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association held in Chicago. The session entitled:  Civil Rights and Restorative Justice: The Story of Who is Buried in “Boot Hill Cemetery” at the Former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida, was a session panel and was an invited session sponsored by the AAA Executive Program Committee.  See the attached program for more details- AAA 2013 panel handout.

Florida to Reopen Dark Chapter In State’s History
August 6, 2013
by:  Greg Allen, NPR

On Tuesday, Florida’s Cabinet decided it will allow researchers to begin exhuming unmarked graves at the Dozier School for Boys, a now-closed notorious reform school. Former residents say boys were routinely beaten and subjected to other harsh treatment and that some died as a result. Now, families of boys who died there want answers.  To learn more see:

USF researchers find more graves at Dozier School for Boys

Another 19 unmarked graves have been found at a north Florida boy’s reform school. Researchers from the University of South Florida are reporting findings based ground penetrating radar and soil chemistry to answer questions surrounding the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

USF archeological and anthropological researchers think it’s likely that there is a second cemetery in that location based on the fact that records show 81 reported deaths at the school. Antoinette Jackson, an anthropologist on the research team said the prevalence of segregation during the time of the reported deaths also suggests the possibility of other burial sites.  For more on the story see:

For more information including a copy of the report see:

New York Times front page story (2/9/2013) –

Visit the USF Library Dozier Project Digital Archive at:

Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Sciences – Boot Hill Cemetery Project

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