GUARDIAN: BEN ANDERSON, LAKE COUNTY
Mandated by the Florida Legislature in 1897, the Florida State Reform School opened its doors January 1, 1900, to provide a place "where young offenders against the laws of our state might be separated from older more vicious associates" ...
In the early years, the facility was located on almost 1400 acres and periodically housed male and female students who were as young as six years old. Many of these students were committed to the facility for minor offenses, such as "incorrigibility" or "truancy." "White" and "Colored" students were segregated from one another until 1968. The School had two campuses- the South Side or "Number 1" side for the white students and the North Side or "Number 2" side for colored students. The School's North Side campus, where the cemetery was located, was permanently closed between 1990 and 1991.
The School has remained open throughout the years having been known as the Florida State Reform School (1900-1913), the Florida Industrial School for Boys (1914-1957), the Florida School for Boys (1957-1967), and the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. During the early years, the School was self-sufficient in that it had its own source of food (cattle, hogs, poultry, dairy, vegetable gardens, etc.), laundry, infirmary, print shop, textile mill, brick mill, chapel, etc. The boys attended School every other day. On the days they did not attend class, they were required to work in these various departments.
Florida Industrial School for Boys Cemetery
Created by: SixDogTeam
Record added: Dec 21, 2009
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