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Senate sends Dozier school memorial bill to governor’s desk

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Legislation to erect memorials to boys who suffered abuse and death at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna was headed to the governor’s desk Friday following final approval by the Senate.

The vote to adopt HB 7115 was 35-0. The measure passed the House, 117-0, on April 18.

Sponsor Darryl Rouson said the measure would provide “a respectful burial to the inidentified, unclaims remains” of the victims of a 1914 dormitory fire at Boot Hill Cemetery on the Dozier campus, with other unclaimed remains to be reburied in Tallahassee.

Additionally, memorials would be raised in Marianna and on the state Capitol Complex in Tallahassee.

Earlier, the House and Senate voted apologies to victims of abuse at Dozier and a boys school in Okeechobee.

A forensic examination conducted between 2013 and 2016 uncovered at least 55 burial site at Dozier, 24 more than records indicated.

Michael Moline is a former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal and managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal. Previously, he reported on politics and the courts in Tallahassee for United Press International. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as editor of the Florida Flambeau. His family’s roots in Jackson County date back many generations.

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