|Florida Industrial School for Boys Cemetery|
Also known as: Boot Hill Cemetery, Dozier School for Boys Cemetery
|4111 South Street|
Postal Code: 32446
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
This small field is located in the woods on the present grounds of the Arthur G.
Dozier School for Boys, a state juvenile correction facility. Originally known as the Florida State Reform School (Established in 1900) and later the Florida Industrial School for Boys, the institution has a notorious reputation as an abusive place in its earlier years, complete with a torture chamber known as the "White House". The cemetery was active from about 1914 to 1952. Since death certificates were not required prior to 1917 and subsequent records are not complete, it is not known how many people are interred here. State Investigators believe at least 81 are buried here and at another location about 500 yards to the north. The argument for two locations is bolstered by the fact that it was not the custom in the days when the cemetery was active to bury whites and coloreds at the same site (The races were segregated at this facility). 31 metal crosses were erected at this location near extant shallow indentations in the ground in 1996 to replace concrete/rebar crosses from the 1960's that had been removed and stored near the site...It is believed wooden crosses or no markers were originally employed...
State and school records show that out of nearly 100 children who died while at the school, there are no burial records for 22 of them.
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GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 30.76638, Longitude: -85.26195
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