THE LOST BOYS OF DOZIER: Have You Seen Me?

IT1s HAS BEEN about a year now since my involvement with the Dozier School For Boys began taking over my world. Kicking off the whirlwind was my need to get my hands on the school’s student ledgers. I won’t rehash the entire adventure but what I will say is that it took many frustrating nights online, several emails to the Archivist, the potential of an $600+ bill to get digital copies & finally an 8 hour round trip before I’d actually have what I wanted…Well at least a quarter of what I wanted!

HAVING ABSOLUTELY NO clue what I was looking for, I spent the next several weeks trying to organize what I had. Almost immediately number of very distinct patterns began jumping out at me. The same sentencing judges over & over again, the SAME sentence length OR lack there of & a crap load of blank spaces; Specifically under the “WHEN/HOW RELEASED” columns. One would expect that any institution handling children would be required to keep detailed & accurate records of ALL of its charges, especially when it comes to their last known whereabouts BUT that would make too much sense, now wouldn’t it…

THE INFO THAT I had gotten was only from the latest volume of the ledgers & didn’t even make a dent in the number of boys that had been shoved through the doors to be reformed. I knew there were hundreds OR even thousands of names in those books. I maybe had a few hundred at the most. By now, I had gotten used to what I like to call the “Hurry Up & Stop” method of researching. Basically I’d need specific info, finally get said info ONLY to start looking it over & promptly figure out that I needed additional material OR even worse, I’d need something entirely different altogether. In this case, I had just assumed that I’d eventually be making another trip to the Archives; That is until I ended up becoming involved with Bob Straley & taking over his website…And right there on one of the site pages was a link to the detailed, handwritten notes that WHB Mr. Andrew Puel had spent hours putting together.

NOT IT!!
WHEN I SAW that link, I was beyond thrilled! I was finally going to have something reliable to validate what I had come up with! I had spoken with Andrew at Bob Straley’s memorial service & knew that any research he had done would be the best & most accurate info that I could possibly get. When the page loaded, it definitely did NOT show what I had been hoping for; In all actuality, it showed nothing but this:

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ODDLY THE INFO was missing! I started clicking on some of the other older links on the website & sure enough, there were quite a few that led to nowhere. I don’t know why it gone OR where it went, only that it’s not there. I tried not to get to aggravated, thinking that there had to be a hard copy among the thousands of documents that I have. I spent the next several weeks going through EVERY page, folder, digital file, etc. & found nothing. Bob kept everything, so to say I was puzzled that he wouldn’t have a copy of something so important was a huge understatement. I did another look through, literally taking out every piece of paper, one by one; Still nothing.

Well Damn….

AN EVENING IN GAINESVILLE
ON A FRIDAY in late February, I made the 3 hour trip to Gaineville. With me was a small black bag filled with what I believed to be the most important material related to the Arthur G Dozier School for Boys. I pulled up to a beautiful home, tucked back in a quiet sub division that was surrounded by forest. Standing outside was a familiar face, Mr. Bryant Middleton. The “Whitehouse Boy” greeted me with a smile & a brief hug before inviting me inside to meet his wife. Both graciously spent several hours telling their personal story of Dozier & how the WHB’s Organization was founded. They were both lovely people & I was grateful that they had been so willing to meet with me & be as open as they were. When we finally moved into the dining room to look over the things that I had brought, I began pulling things out. I yanked a folder out that had been wedged inside of my over full bag & a stack of papers fell out. The stack was stapled together & folded in half. I picked it up to see what it was & as I unfolded it, my jaw hit the floor!

OH…MY…GOD…It was a hard copy of the list of missing boys! The same list that I had just spent weeks trying to find! The stuff inside of that bag was the stuff that I pulled out & reviewed quite frequently & there’s absolutely NO way that I would missed that thick stack of ledger pages! I slid the stack across the table, explaining to Bryant why I was a bit stunned at finding them. He thought it was strange as well. I’m not going to get into the specifics of my time with the Middletons in this post, although I will say that I’m very fortunate to have met with them. They’re great people & they continue to work toward keeping the future from repeating the past.

WHERE COULD THEY BE?
OF COURSE THERE is minimal info on the boys on this list. What is known is that most were listed as escaped but never recovered. A lot lacked permanent homes OR guardians, so there wouldn’t have been any concerned parents wondering about the whereabouts of their lost boy. It should also be noted that the last place they were seen was the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. That leaves so many unanswered questions; Could ALL 185 boys on that list have actually successfully escaped & moved on to a better life? Even if that did happen, would it be possible that NOT 1 single child ever be heard from again? I suppose it could be possible for some BUT for All 185? I seriously have my doubts & given the history of Dozier, I’d say that’s highly unlikely. Especially considering the significant proof of other burial sites on the school’s 1200+ acres.Whether or not they continued life after Dozier OR their lives were taken at the school, they each deserve to be recognized. I’ll let them speak for themselves….
☆☆☆☆☆☆

JOSEPH WILK – 17
JAME HENRY COLSON SMITH – 16
BEHARD STEPHENS – 15
JOHNNIE J. RICHARDSON – 17
AB DURDEN – 16
WILLIAM RICHARD WHITE – 16
MONROE ROGERS – 16
NOWLA (SONNY) VENOS – 16
BERNARD WILLIAMS – 15
WILLIAM NICOLAS BURNETT – 15
FRED RUSH – 16
HORACE MECHOM – 16
J.W. HARRILL, JR. – 14
EDWARD MATTHEW MITCHELL – 17
LARRY DAVIS – 14.
ALFONSO DEWEY DAVIS – 16
JAMES ARTHUR HARELL – 13
CARROL PITTMAN – 15
CARL HUBBARD REWLS – 14
RICHARD PEUDRY TYLER – 15
HAROLD OLDS – 14
LYNVILLE RAY – 16
LAIRD WILDES (age unknown)
ALFRED SMITH GOODSON – 16
QUINCY LEWIS – 16
☆☆☆☆☆☆
ZANE HOPKINS – 12
ROBERT WALKER – 13
WILLIE FRANKLIN FARROW – 13
EUGENE JOHNS – 14
GABE BELL – 15
WILLIAM DEWARS – 15
LELAND LLOYD BRADY – 16
JASPER ALLEN HOLDER – 15
WILLIAM JOHNSON – 16
GEORGE HENRY ABBEY – 16
HARRY L. SAULS – 15
BEN BUNDRICK – 15
LOUIS VALOIS COUTURE – 16
ROBERT GILBERT ALBRITTON – 16
LAUDRIC BASKIN – 17
JAME HENRY COLSON SMITH – 16
JOHN JOSEPH COOGAN, JR – 16
ARINAUDO MACHIN, JR – 16
JULIAN GREEN – 15
CARL UNDERHILL – 16
WILLIAM DANIEL HATCHER – 17
DWIGHT SPRINGER – 14
JASON EDWARD LOGAN – 15
PAUL HERSHEY, JR – 17
CLARENCE C. RAULERSON – 16
☆☆☆☆☆☆
EVERETT BRADDOCK – 15
HAROLD EUGENE NORMAN – 16
RICHARD RUSSEL TODD – 14
EDWARD POOLE – 14
BILLY RAY BURNS – 16
MARCO GUTIERREZ – 14
WALTER C. GREEN – 16
LEON MANNING – 16
LEONARD JAMES NELSON – 16
GODSON WHITTAKER – 15
ROBERT GORDON – 15
ROBERT LAURIN GODDARD – 15
KENNETH LEE YORK – 17
TRUBEE BYRD – 17
ROWANE HOLLIDAY – 16
BOBBY WHITEHEAD – 15
WILLIAM EDWARD LEGGETT – 16
ROBERT HELGRAN – 13
OSCAR EUGENE MCCURDY – 16
WILLIAM RIVERA EMANUEL, JR – 16
JOHN LENNARD NAVE – 16
JACKIE CREWS – 16
ERNEST WOODARD – 16
ARTHUR KENT PATTERSON (aka William S. Johnson) – 14
DAVID EVANS HARRIS – 16
☆☆☆☆☆☆
JOHN HARRIMAN – 16
GB IRWIN – 14
HOWARD MCCALL – 17
OSCAR LEE CALDWELL – 14
JD THOMAS – 13
GEORGE F. CLAY – 13
WILLIS BUNYAN – 16
JAMES CAMPBELL – 15
BERTRAM THOMPSON – 16
WILLIE JAMES MURPHY – 17
SANDY JONES – 15
RALPH HALL – 16
MELVIN FALSON – 13
HERBERT LEE COVINGTON – 14
LUKE BENJAMIN – 16
TOMMIE L. WOOTEN – 15
WALTER ADAMS – 15
DAVID JONES (aka Cockran) – 15
EDWARD BROWN – 14
EDWARD DEMERRITT – 16
WILLIAM JENKINS – 13
MATEO BENARD COLUMBUS – 14
WILLIE C. MITCHELL – 13
CLARENCE MORTON, JR – 15
JOSEPH JOHNSON – 16
☆☆☆☆☆☆
CURTIS WILSON – 10
EUGENE FULLER – 16
THOMAS BOWERS – 15
LEON DUNBAR – 16
DAVID EAGLETON – 14
HENRY JUNIOR JOHNSON – 14
EDWARD FOSTER – 15
GEORGE EDWARD THOMAS – 17
ODIS SINGLETON – 16
JAMES WILEY BRYANT – 14
CURTIS DOWNING – 15
WALTER LEE NIXON – 15
JOHN TYLER – 16
ELMORE JOHNSON – 15
HENRY MELVIN JONES – 16
DOCK SMITH – 15
ROBERT LEE KING – 16
WILLARD LAMAR SHELTON – 16
ROBERT HAYS – 16
CHAS W. CHAMBERS – 16
RUSSEL HUTTON – 15
HOWARD CAYWOOD – 15
BOBBY HAYES – 16
BILLY CAUDELL – 16
WALTER R. HAYES – 17
☆☆☆☆☆☆
ARTHUR KENT PITTEBON(?) – (age unknown)
WILLIAM P. NUNES – 16
EDWIN T. FINNIE – 15
MILTON LEDBETTER – (age unknown)
LEROY SMITH (aka Leroy Gregory) – 17
JOE RODRIGUEZ – 17
BENARD MIXON – 15
ROBERT WESLEY DAVIS – 16
PAUL DAVID HUGES – 12
ROY JOHNSON – 13
LENARD JAMES LOTT – 16
JERRY LLOYD – 16
GABRIEL THURMAN – 16
ROBERT LEE BOSTIC – 14
GEORGE HILL – 13
JOHN ALBURY – 14
NATHANIEL TURNER – 15
LEO COLLIER – 17
TEEVESTER JAMES – 15
FLOYD RILEY, JR – 17
GEORGE NELSON – 15
NORMAN MCAULEY – 15
LYLE MACK PAULK – 16
EDWARD GIBSON – 14
WILLIAM EDWARD CORTEZ – 16
☆☆☆☆☆☆
ROBERT CHRISTMAN – 16
HUBERT BERRYMAN – 15
CHARLES LACGUEY – 16
CHARLES EDWARD KIDDY – 15
JOHN CHARLES CLANCEY – 15
DANNY LEE BOWMAN – 16
HOWARD GEORGE FAGG – (age unknown)
ROBERT ALTON SINGLETARY – 17
ELLIS MARLOWE HASKIN – 16
JAMES PHILLIP SLAWSON – 16
JAMES JOHNS – 17
BENARD JACKSON – 14
ARLISS BLACKMON – 15
BENJAMIN UDEL – 13
NATHANIEL BOWLES – 16
ROLAHO LYLES – 16
CLARENCE BOBBY BROWN – 15
WILLIE BRADFORD – 16
BILLY JACKSON – 13
RICHARD GILLYARD – 14
LEONARD WHITEHEAD – 15
FREDERICK NATHANIEL HARREL – 16
HENRY MCLENDON – 17
SAMOLE DARBY – 17
WILLIE LEE DOUGLAS – 15
☆☆☆☆☆☆
MOZELL BRADLEY, JR – 16
J.C. STEPHENS – 15
CHARLES BROWN – 15
GRANT BERNARD KEMP – 13
RONNIE FRANKIE ROSE – 16
JOE EDWARD ALLEN – 15
VICTOR STEPHEN GRICE – 16
TOMMY COOK (Mathias) – 15
JERRY COOK – 16
JOHNNY LEON WRIGHT – 16

IT’S AN ENTIRELY different feeling you get when you’re able to put names to the children you’ve been speaking of….


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