Research & Remembrance Event: 100 Years after the Fatal Fire at Dozier
Tue. Nov 18, 2014
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
From 1900-1952 nearly 100 children died while incarcerated at the former Florida Industrial School for Boys (FIS) (aka Arthur G.Dozier School for Boys) in Marianna, Florida. November 18th marks the 100 year anniversary of a fatal dormitory fire in which 10 victims lost their lives. The circumstances surrounding the fire were highly controversial at the time, which lead to a national media campaign calling for the State to “Fix the Responsibility" (Miami Herald, 1914). In 2014, a USF team of researchers excavated burials located on the former school grounds to identify those buried at the school and repatriate the remains to their surviving families. This event will examine the ways in which children and their families experienced the criminal justice system prior to the professionalization of law enforcement criminal investigations,and allows for critical examination of impact and implications going forward.