GUARDIAN: GEO. ADKINS
According to a Miami Herald article, several students succumbed to influenza and pneumonia in 1918.The 1918 influenza pandemic killed nearly 500,000 people in the United States. The "Official Report of Physicians Appointed to Investigate State Reform School at Marianna" which appeared in a November 19, 1918, Miami Herald newspaper article stated that 11 students/staff died as a result of the pandemic. The report noted that "Out of 247 boys all but three came down with it practically at one time: the assistant superintendent in charge of the colored side and his whole family. The matron at No. 2 died with it. In fact very few escaped the ravages of this insidious disease."
TAMPA, Fla. — Forensic researchers said on Tuesday that they have exhumed 55 bodies buried at the former Dozier School for Boys. It's a finding that has implications across Florida.
The now-closed reform school in Marianna has been hit with allegations of physical and sexual abuse, and murder.
Researchers said the three-month dig turned up five more bodies than expected and 24 more than documented in state records.
The announcement came out of the University of South Florida.
Many of the remains unearthed from September through December, were those of juveniles.
"Locating 55 burials is a significant finding, which opens up a whole new set of questions for our team," Kimmerle said. "At this time, we know very little about the burials and the children in terms of who specifically was buried there, their ages or ancestry, as well as the timing and circumstances of their deaths."
This massive effort to find answers began in early 2012 when excavation was given the OK and funded by the state legislature.
The state closed the Dozier School in 2011 after a century-long scandal.
Florida Industrial School for Boys Cemetery
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