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Excavations to begin at Dozier on Saturday

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Photo taken in 1936 of the dining hall construction with “White House” in background.

The University of South Florida will begin digging up human remains from the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys this Saturday.  This will be the first in a series of excavations, and is expected to last until next Tuesday.

Earlier this month the Florida Cabinet approve the long awaited excavation.  The Legislature has also approved $190,000 for research to determine the causes of death, identify remains, locate family members and pay for any re-burials.

Dozier records indicate 31 people were buried on the 1,400-acre property.   However, USF anthropologists and archaeologists found that at least 45 people had been buried on school grounds between 1914 and 1952, with and additional 31 bodies sent away for burial somewhere else.  lUSF archaeology team will also have one year to search the grounds for unmarked graves of the boys said to have died at the school between 1900 and 1952.

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