Florida to create reform schools memorials and rebury bodies

University of South Florida associate professor Christian Wells attempts to cut loose a block of dirt and clay containing skeletal remains. Wet conditions meant that the team removed the remains encased in dirt so that they can be dried in a laboratory setting and then examined. from the University of South Florida removed the first remains from the cemetery at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla on Sept. 2, 2013.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The Florida Legislature has voted to rebury the bodies of children whose remains were found on the site of a now shuttered reform school.

The Florida Senate voted unanimously for a bill Friday that would also set aside money to build two memorials regarding the boys who lived and died at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. The bill heads to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.

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Nearly 100 boys died between 1900 and 1973 at the school located near Marianna, some 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Tallahassee.

The bill authorizes creation of a memorial at the state Capitol and one near Marianna. It also calls for reburying victims of a 1914 fire at the school cemetery in Marianna and to rebury other remains in Tallahassee.

The legislation would also allow portions of the shuttered campus to be turned over to Jackson County.

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