Historical photos of the Dozier school for boys, a former reform school where abuse and atrocities allegedly took place.
For almost 90 years, the casket lay beneath the earth, Thomas Curry’s family believing the teen who died too young rested in peace there, in an unmarked plot with his great-grandparents.
Curry was a charge of Marianna, Florida’s Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a now infamous juvenile detention facility that closed in 2011 for budgetary reasons, capping a chilling, 111-year legacy of brutality.
From 1900 to 1952, according to a court document, 100 boys died there, but only about half were buried on the reform institution’s grounds. Others were shipped home to their families.
Curry, 17, became part of that tally in 1925 when he died “under suspicious circumstances while escaping Dozier twenty-nine days after arriving,” says the court order permitting his exhumation this week.
The coroner at the time…
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