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BREAKING NEWS!

9-25-14 - NEWS REGARDING THE USF PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER 2 MORE BOYS' BODIES WERE IDENTIFIED BY DNA. Click HERE

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The latest news regarding Dozier Reform School Archaelogical dig by USF Anthropology &
DNA identification by UNT is all here!  
 The first body has been identified!
CLICK HERE TO READ ALL THE NEWS! 
Dozier Reform School was formerly known as Florida School for Boys(FSB) and Florida Industrial School for Boys (FISB)
Posted August 7 - Aug 11, 2014

CLICK HERE also to read the ORIGINAL ACCOUNT of the local newspaper, JC Floridan, about the death of George Owen Smitih.  NOTE:  In the USF article, they show a letter the family received saying their son had a "proper Christian burial".  You decide! 
IMPORTANT ARTICLE ABOUT USF PROGRESS!  This article sets the record straight about the USF project at Dozier... CLICK HERE to read! 
WHITE HOUSE BOYS SONG RECORDED BY OUR OWN, JERRY COOPER!  
Video:


President of The Official White House Boys Organization, Jerry Cooper, has just recorded a song about the White House Boys and the atrocities that occurred at The Florida School for Boys and Okeechobee School for Boys.  Cooper states, " I did these songs for all who have been a part in one the most horrific stories of child abuse in American History. I will not accept any compensation for the "White House Boys" song in any way" and he also  adds that he has no plans to go back to his career in country music.  To read the entire story and listen to the Public Service Announcement, as well as read the story about the song written by Kevin Wood and published in Bay Community News: , CLICK HERE.

Click the radio buttons below to hear "The White House Boys" song, as well as its flip-side "Welcome to My World", which he dedicated to his lovely wife, Babbs.  

"The White House Boys"
Written By:
Billy Joe Burnette-Bobby Lewis-Jan Woods
Publishing-Bobby and Patrica Music
BMI

"The White House Boys"


"Welcome to My World"






Nashville Country Legends Join Fight In New Song “The Whitehouse Boys” to Remember The Deaths and Torture of, and Seek Justice for, the Abused Children of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Jackson County, Florida.
OKEECHOBEE UPDATE!

URGENT!  Before you read the news about Okeechobee, this is very important...   Re:  Juvenile records for confinement at Okeechobee School for Boys!
Anyone who attended Okeechobee School for Boys in the 1950s or 1960s, PLEASE CONTACT JERRY COOPER URGENTLY!  We need your name, date of birth, approximate time you were at Okeechobee URGENTLY.  There is presently an investigation to find those records, so you must send your info immediately.  Either call Jerry at 239-994-1280  or 239-542-3831 or email him 
HERE with your information!  Read on to see how this has come to pass......

Our President, and White House Boy, Jerry Cooper, and White House Boys Pastor Johnny Marx and Joe Johnson went to Okeechobee on Monday, May 19, 2014 for a meeting with Sheriff Paul May and 4 Investigators to discuss abuses, atrocities and deaths (including Cherry Hill and Patrick Timothy Gabriel, as well as others) that took place at Okeechobee School for Boys during the time period that similar atrocities were taking place at Florida School for Boys in Marianna, aka "Dozier".   The meeting lasted several hours, and  the Sheriff and other officials present stated that they would perform a full and complete investigation into any and all allegations.  In addition, the officials have promised that they will look into the matter of the "missing journals and records" from the Okeechobee reform school from that same time frame.  

After their meeting, the three men headed to WSVN Fox News Channel 7 in Miami for interviews. which will be aired at a later date. 
PHOTOS FROM THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE SURVIVORS & LOST BOYS FROM FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS :(aka DOZIER) ARE IN. 
Click HERE to view.   To Read the speech that was written by Mike Sapp and read at the by Jerry Cooper, click HERE.  To read another beautiful and touching essay that was NOT read (due to time constraints), Click HERE
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NEWS CHANNEL 13 COVERAGE OF THE MEMORIAL SERVICE & NEWS ABOUT PROFESSOR KIMMERLE'S MEETING WITH SENATOR BILL NELSON ARE HERE.
White House Boys visit Football Coach, Vic Prinzi's son, Pete Prinzi.  CLICK HERE for photo and story.  
CADAVER DOGS FINDING AREAS TO BE TESTED BY USF.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

LOTS OF NEWS
ABOUT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS / EXHUMATION OF DOZIER GRAVES - USF ANTHROPOLOGISTS HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE JANUARY 28, 2014.  READ THE TAMPA BAY TIMES ARTICLE BELOW, OR CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE RECENT  NEWS!


USF researchers unearthed 55 bodies from Dozier, more than state claimed

TAMPA — Researchers from the University of South Florida said this morning they have exhumed the remains of 55 boys who died at a scandalized state-run reform school in the Panhandle town of Marianna.

That's 24 more than the 31 the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found during a cursory investigation in 2009 on orders from then-Gov. Charlie Crist. FDLE relied on incomplete school records and did not use ground-penetrating radar to map the cemetery.

The number even exceeds USF's earlier prediction of 49, which was based on ground-penetrating radar.

Among the unidentified remains — many of which appear to have been buried unceremoniously, somewhat haphazardly and at varying depths — anthropologists found artifacts they hope to date and compare to school records to help determine the identities of the boys buried.

They found belt buckles, zippers, coffin hardware, shirt buttons, bottles of embalming fluid and a child's marble. They hope DNA from the families of those known to have died at the school will also shed light on the identities of the remains. USF has collected DNA from about a dozen families and hope to track down more relatives of the dead.

The team, led by USF associate professor Erin Kimmerle, who has called the project a "humanitarian effort," began work in early 2012. Excavation, which is tedious, didn't begin until August, after the university cleared several political hurdles and won approval from Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet.

The state closed the facility in June 2011 after a century-long cycle of scandal and short-lived reform. The school, 60 miles west of Tallahassee, was founded in 1900 and was once the largest of its kind in the nation. It has been known as the Florida Industrial School for Boys, the Florida School for Boys and the Dozier School for Boys. Over the years, kids were locked in irons, beaten with a leather strap in a building called the White House, locked in isolation for as long as three weeks and hog-tied. The school has been subject to lawsuits and scrutiny, but no one has been able to answer the questions about the cemetery, which is now surrounded by pines on an abandoned part of campus.

In October 2008, five former wards went public with stories of extreme physical and sexual abuse at the hands of guards, and some recalled stories of their fellow wards disappearing. The state launched an investigation into the allegations, and into the small cemetery, but investigators felt ground penetrating radar wouldn't be helpful because of the heavy woods in the area.

However, USF cleared woods surrounding the marked cemetery and found more burials among the trees. In one case, a tree was growing atop a burial.

More than 500 men have come forward with similar stories of being abused by staff at the school, according to a lawyer with Masterson & Hoag, the St. Petersburg firm representing the men. 

USF researchers unearthed 55 bodies from Dozier, more than state claimed 01/28/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:55am]

*To read this story WITH photos, click HERE

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Read the following comment from Michael (Chin) Tucker from our Guestbook:

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I have watched, along with myself, men stand and cry when talking about what happened to them at the boy's school. I realized one day that it is not the adult but that same child who keeps going back and feeling the pain and shame. I have spent most of my life trying to heal that child. Still working on it ! I have watched wonders happen at our reunions. That child you bring with you has a voice that is heard and believed there. I encourage all the W.H. brothers to keep coming. W.H.B. Brother

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR OWN  COMMENT OR READ OTHER'S GUESTBOOK COMMENTS HERE

WHITE HOUSE BOYS PARTICIPATE IN HARLEY RIDE AGAINST CHILD ABUSE! 
JOIN JIM "HARLEY" DENYKE & "MRS. HARLEY" FOR THIS GOOD CAUSE!
SAVE THE DATE: B.A.C.A. ROAR ON I-4
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Registration: 10am | Kickstands Up: 11:30am
Orlando Harley presents the 3rd Annual Bikers Against Child Abuse police-escorted motorcycle ride from Downtown Disney to our Historic Factory Dealership.  We shut down I-4 for this baby and the ride is followed by a huge party with food & drinks from Miller's Ale House, live music from the World Famous Trans Ams and more - don't miss it!
Any questions call 877 912-3239  Orlando Harley Davidson
OR
Please feel free to call James "Harley" DeNyke if you need help with directions etc. 407 276-7444
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3 new pictures of White House Boys at Florida School for boys shared by Shannon Howard Walters from her father's possesions.  Thank you Shannon!  Click HERE to view.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!
 With the new year, we welcome our Board of Directors for the Jan 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2016 term -- as elected by you in October.  Congratulations to the officers who are as follows:
  President - Jerry Cooper
 Vice President - Nate Dowling
 Sergeant at Arms - James "Harley" DeNyke
 Secretary - Babbs Cooper
 Treasurer - Peggy Marx
Thank you to those of you who made nominations and voted. 
* Please Note:  Dick Colon now has the honorable title of "President Emeritus", which means "Past President held in great esteem".  He will hold this designation forever.  For those of you who don't know, Dick was one of the original White House Boys, who attended the ceremony to "seal" the White House and a plaque was presented by the State.
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HOLIDAY WISHES FROM SENATOR BILL NELSON TO THE WHITE HOUSE BOYS.. CLICK HERE
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PHOTOS FROM THE CHRISTMAS PARTY AT ECKERD'S ARE HERE!!!  CLICK HERE to view them.  Also, a letter from President, Jerry Cooper, about the Christmas Party for Eckerd's Youth follows below.
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URGENT!!! -- Miss Erin Kimmerle, of USF needs YOUR HELP!!!  She has sent us a note and a Questionnaire for each White House Boy to fill out and return to her.  All of this information can be found by clicking HERE.  Please do this ASAP!!!
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Also, below you will find some notes from Pres. Jerry Cooper.  Please read on:

To Everyone,
  Once again a Christmas Party was given by The White House Boys and their friends and families for the boys placed at Eckerd's Youth Alternatives by the Department of Juvenile Justice. It was held in Brooksville Florida for 60 boys on December 11, 2013. I say it was the best one yet! I can not thank all of you enough for your donations and time you gave for these kids. We even had men come from out of state to attend and help to make sure it was a terrific Christmas for the boys. 
 I thank the men who attended this event, which included Retired Airborne Ranger Captain ********** **********, Robert Straley, Bob Baxter, Henry Culver, Joe Savage, Nate Dowling, Jim "Harley" De Nyke, Charlie Fudge, Pastor John Marx, Roy Connerly, and their families, for all you did yesterday.
 We cannot thank you enough, Pat Girdner, Director at Eckerd's, for all you do for these boys at Eckerds Youth Alternatives!!! When you told me yesterday that if a boy does step out of line "We will grab him and hug him until he calms down". The Policy that was enforced by the staff of Florida School for Boys in Marianna and the Okeechobee School For Boys was to grab us and beat us till we could not even stand or walk – and a lot of times we even had to have stitches. The Eckerd's policy is so much better for these boys! 
 Pat, I can not thank you enough for how you have been treating and maintaining the boys under your care for the past years I have known you. The open policy you have which allows the men to visit and speak with these boys is gratefully appreciated, Sir. I could not detect any boy that acted like he had anything to hide. I know very well when things are not right – when it comes to being unhappy as a child and if you are being treated badly!!! I Invite you "Gov. Scott" to visit the Eckerds Youth Group to see how things should be done for the troubled youth all over the state of Florida. You might learn something Sir!!!
 To the Chief Of Staff of DJJ, Thank you sir for allowing the "White House Boys" to give these boys a great Christmas. May all of you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Jerry Cooper 
President
"Official White House Boys”
 
Http://www.officialwhitehouseboys.org/
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To All White House Boys,
 Please read the attachments and requests from Miss Erin Kimmerle of USF and respond as soon as possible!!! There is a letter from her, and a form she would like you to fill out and send back to her ASAP. Once you complete the questionnaire, please return it 
 Miss Erin would not have asked for this information if it was not IMPORTANT. The questions are about what the state gave you when you went to FSB. Try to remember what the state gave you when you were there --"other than hell on a daily basis"
 I remember when I had arrived at FSB in 1960-61 that I was issued jeans, a couple of t-shirts, brogan boots and a white cotton pull-over night gown, and a navy surplus pea-coat. A short time before I got there, Dr. Wexler had demanded to Mr.Dozier to issue all boys shoes because there was a terrible outbreak of "JUNGLE ROT" at the school because the boys were not supplied with shoes by the state!!!  Mr. Dozier replied to Dr. Wexler If they did not have shoes when they got here. "WHY DO THEY NEED THEM NOW?" Dr. Wexler did make him supply the brogan boots somehow.
 When I was in football practice in June and July (which was illegal)  I had to be shot up with novacaine in my foot by either Dr. Wexler or "White House Boy", Roy Conerly, who worked as Wexler's aide at that time, because my foot was broken in the white house by Troy Tidwell. I noticed that the infirmary was filling to over capacity with boys with JUNGLE ROT and the infirmary was stinking like hell. I walked down the row of beds and the boys were in so much pain and their feet were propped up by pillows or blankets and many were throwing up and had very high fevers. Even Roy Conerly was a victim of this disease and spent 6 weeks himself in the infirmary. Roy was the fastest runner on the Yellow Jackets football team and was out the rest of the season from this disease!!! All of those boys needed special care but did not get it. WHY??? They were treated only with a purple colored salve and no antibiotics at all!!! What a way to treat the children in the care of the state of Florida!!!!
 Please reply to the USF request as soon as you can and may you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.
 Jerry Cooper
 Pres. "Official White House Boys" 
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  A Letter To All,
 I will be leaving with Babbs on the 11th to once again give the boy at Eckerd's Youth Alternatives in Brooksville a Christmas party.  This is important for us to do once again.
 I can not praise DJJ and Eckerd's enough for the job they have done to help these boys get on the right path before it is just too late to do so. I now know for a fact that under the supervision of Mrs. Walters of DJJ things have changed 100 percent for the good of the children that are under her care. I can only wish that she was in charge when we, "The White House Boys", were under the care of the state of Florida.
   I have been discussing the situation that surrounds the "Okeechobee School For Boys" with several members of the staff of DJJ for the past few months -- and even with the Chief of Staff.  I did beg him to not let this get in the way of stopping us "White House Boys" from giving our annual party for the boys at Eckerd's. I can only thank him for allowing us to continue our tradition. . He did ask me "What is it you want Mr. Cooper???"  Once again I replied like I have every time someone asks me this.  I said, "We ,The White House Boys, want a formal apology from the Gov. and the State of Florida for the abuse and damage done to us that has lasted a life time"
  We are very aware of why this will not be done at any time in the near future and that many of us will never live long enough to hear an apology from Gov. Scott, because we are dying at a pretty fast pace due to our ages.  Seventeen us us have already died during the past year.  What is it going to take Gov. Scott for you to consider an apology sir???
 I now have a sworn statement from a newly found White House Boy that lives in Tennessee, which has been notarized.  It states that he was present at Okeechobee when a young black boy by the name of "Cherry" or "Cherrie" Black, who was about 12 years of age, was killed by the "strap" and had not run away and fell into the septic tank at night causing him to drown, as was reported by the school..  Four Boys died in less than a 10-year period as stated in the newspaper back in the 1960's when they tried to escape!!! This is totally unacceptable as far as I am concerned PERIOD!!! Also I can assure you that Patrick Gabriel was not shot and killed by an old woman as reported in the newspaper in the 1960's when they claimed he escaped after attacking the superintendent of the school. . All of you  (as I) know he would have been in lockup if he did this!!!  All of this will be told soon, in an up-coming media news report.   And, YES  there is a cemetery located at OKEECHOBEE!
 Getting back to the kids at Eckerd's Youth Alternatives, this is the first year that we will be bringing so many White House Boys as guests. I can not thank all of you enough for your most generous donations and I would like to thank all of my personal friends for what they have done also. Now I have to figure out how to get a 47 inch flat screen TV in my car!  The boys will be so surprised to have their broken TV replaced!  By the way, Retired U.S. Army Ranger Capt. **********  will be the special guest speaker for the boys at Eckerds.  " I really love all you guys" 
Jerry Cooper  
Pres. "Official White House Boys"
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 PORTRAITS OF THE WHITE HOUSE BOYS & THEIR LOVED ONES FROM THE 2013 REUNION ARE IN... CLICK HERE TO VIEW!!!!
    

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 THE 2013 REUNION WAS GREAT, SEE PHOTOS HERE. (Note: There are MANY pages of photos, click the NUMBERS below the first row of photos to see the rest!) To see Jerry Cooper's daughter, Michelle, talk about being the daughter of a White House Boy, Click Here
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ELECTION (2014-2016) RESULTS:
President:  Jerry Cooper
 Vice President:  Nate Dowling
 Sergeant at Arms:  James "Harley" DeNyke
 Secretary:  Babbs Cooper
 Treasurer:  Peggy Marx
 Past President (Emeritus): Dick Colon
   
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READ IMPORTANT LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER ABOUT THE "NEXT STEP" BELOW:

To All,                                       
   At this point, I am so angry at what the state of Florida has done to cover up all the atrocities they have committed for nearly a century to all children that were supposed to be held in safe keeping at all costs, but decided we were not worthy of such treatment at all.
   I am now going to release some information to the Justice Dept. that they have no knowledge of at this time.   I have held this info for good reason --  as an Ace in the hole. After the turn-down yesterday on the exhumation order I feel that the gloves are off now to release this info!!!!
   Robert Straley has agreed with me on this situation!!!  I will not stop, nor do I plan to stop, until we get to the real truth about Marianna and Okeechobee.
   I did not want to release this information as long as there was a chance of the exhumation going thru, but now the lawyers agree with me I should contact the Justice Dept. and the media with this information. 
   Again, "Its Not Over Until We Say It Is Over"!!!!!!!
Jerry Cooper, Pres.
"White House Boys"   
To All  "God Bless You"

 

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NEWS UPDATE ON CEMETARYS BY JERRY COOPER 1-8-11
Guys , This hits the FDLE once again right  between the eyes!!!!

I chose to do a report on the mental hospital just a few miles to the east of FSB which was also run by the state of Florida, like our institution was, and dating way the heck back.

This was a cemetery record search where I could compare the 2 institutions!!! BLACKS AND WHITES ARE SEPARATED for many,many years according to their own records -- period!!!   Records are, to me , very detailed for this hospital, with locations and plot numbers assigned, and the FSB records are no more than a pile of s....t  when compared to each other!!! 

Roger you know exactly what I'm talking about right????????   Roger I pray this last cemetery that was located on the white side is all black, which datied with 1950"s headstones will be a kick right in FDLE"S ass again and will also prove again that black and whites were not buried together in the same cemetery!!
 
We all know that the site at "BOOT HILL IS ALL LIES"S and was done in an improper matter.  I think it's right there where the pipe crosses are. Once again, there 2 separate cemeteries at Boot hill -- not one!!!!!!!!!  Through the years it was simply called boot hill for the both of them!!!  We are going to win I promise!!! 
Jerry Cooper
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WHITE HOUSE BOYS BRING CHRISTMAS JOY TO AT-RISK YOUTH

Per Lisa Anspacher of Eckerd: 
I wanted to send a quick thank you for everything that you did yesterday.  It was magical and we have never seen all the children so happy at one time.  All of you truly are angels in disguise.
Wednesday, December 14th, will be a day remembered by many – both the White House Boys representatives carrying gifts to the boys at Eckerd Youth Alternatives home for troubled teens and the boys who were the recipients of these gifts.

For weeks, the Christmas Committee has been hard at work gathering donations for the boys at Eckerds, and finally, with great joy, on Wednesday, we got to bring an abundance of gifts and goodies to 27 boys who reside at Eckerd Youth Alternatives outdoor residential program in Brooksville, Florida.

The day began with unloading FOUR vehicles FULL of presents, clothing, food, sports equipment and other treasures for the boys. While we were organizing the gifts, Lisa A., supervisor, called Jerry Cooper aside and asked if he would speak freely to a boy who was having trouble with authority. The boys mother was present, and told us she was at her wits end with this young man. He continued to violate the judge's orders, and had yet another appearance scheduled next week. She begged Jerry to make a difference in the young man's attitude. Jerry and the boy spoke at length, and he spoke bluntly about what it would mean for the young man to continue down the path he'd chosen. Many tears later, Lisa told us it may have been just what the boy needed.

After meeting with the staff and setting up the gifts, we met the rest of the boys for the first time in the “Chuck Wagon”, which is the cafeteria and meeting room at the camp. They filed in, a bit stand-offish, wondering who the strangers in the room were.

Next, Jerry Cooper was introduced to the boys, and as planned, he spoke to the them briefly about the horrors of the White House, and then turned his speech around 180 degrees giving them hope and encouragement for their future. He told them the military was a great “next step” for them, and how a good education is vital for their success. He talked about having goals, and how they didn't have to continue along the path they were on – the future was theirs if they changed their ways and “don't continue what you were doing before you got here”. He gave them a nice mix of advice ranging from what could happen to them if they continue their destructive behavior to all the possibilities they have if they respect authority and have goals and plans for their future and take the steps necessary to “make it happen”. The camp had invited a reporter from Hernando Today and the reporter listened intently to Jerry's chat with the boys as well. (see article at the end)

The talk wrapped up and gifts were distributed. Each boy received: 2 pairs of socks, a pack of 2 underwear (boxer briefs), a sweat shirt and sweat pants, pair of Wrangler Jeans, a jigsaw puzzle, a beanie buddie, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, Christmas Cards (one was stamped to mail to a loved one at home), a Zac Brown Hat, 10 skeins of embroidery thread and 2 packs of plastic lacing plus rings and clips for the keychains and bracelets they make from these, bag of fudge, candy and cookies, glow in the dark sticks and other glow in the dark novelties (these were a big hit, the boys used them IMMEDIATELY), and a Journal and Pen (which the boys all use).

In addition, we donated regulation size soccer goals to the camp, along with footballs, soccer balls and basketballs. We also donated lots of yarn, beads, and blank paper to the boys as well. In addition, each boy got a "gently worn" hooded sweatshirt, and we added shoes, shirts and shorts to their supply room.

Any excess presents (2 boys went home after we'd shopped) were donated to their “store” in which the boys are able to buy things with a small allowance they are given each month. The boys keep a checkbook of sorts and have to decide between their “wants” and “needs” – preparing them for budgeting their money in “real life”.

The best part of the day had to be watching the boys “ooh and aah” at the overflowing contents of their gift bags. Next, a young man in the program sheepishly came up to us and asked if we would like to join them at their lunch tables. We split up and each table was visited by a “White House Boy” and their partner and we got to know the boys and their history. Again, we encouraged them to turn from the things that put them in the program and have great goals for their life. Of note, was the relationship between the counselors and boys. It was quite obvious to us that the staff truly cares about these boys.

A tour of the camp was next, and we got to see how the boys live – they sleep in a “tent” which is a structure with a log pole at each corner, a tin roof, and a wooden surrounding that goes perhaps 3 feet off the ground. The upper part of each “wall” is open to the elements except for some netting. The boys build these structures themselves from the ground up, including finding the trees to use for the poles, and whittling them away until they are just right. It is a great exercise in math, construction and teamwork. We got to meet with the boys again, and got to know them on a more personal level. Emails and addresses were exchanged with those who asked, and these young men seemed truly appreciative that we cared about them.

In all, the day could not have gone better. Special thanks to those who made it all possible: Mike Sapp and Debbie Bergani, **** , Robert Straley, Bill Haynes, Jerry & Babbs Cooper, Peggy Marx and Carl, Chuck & Karen Fedora, Richard Davis, Dick Colon, Ben Elder, Charlie Fudge, Roy Connerly, Bill and Judy Calgun, Richard and Nancy Barton, Howard and Lynn Post, Rev Nan, and Amy Bonano. Without your help, this day would not have been possible. You all gave generously from your heart, and I can't express how much you touched the lives of these young men!

CLICK HERE for Hernando Today Article about the event.

A Photo Gallery of the Joyous Event Follows....
All photos are "click to enlarge.  Feel free to copy, share, print, etc.  Enjoy!  There are many pages.  Use the numbers below the photos to turn pages.

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REUNION 
FOR WHITE HOUSE BOYS, FRIENDS, & FAMILIES
Inside the Civic Center at  Lake Park in Kissimmee, Florida on
4th October 2014 
from 11:00 A.M. Till 5:00P.M.
FOR ALL THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE REUNION, CLICK HERE!

This is open to ALL White House Boys, whether you were at Marianna or Okeechobee!   Folks, If you were abused in the 1950s or 1960s at Florida School for Boys in Marianna or Okeechobee, Florida or are a family member, or friend of someone abused there and have never been in contact with other White House Boys, please contact Jerry Cooper at 239-542-3831 or 239-994-1280 regarding the reunion.  Info is above.
URGENT!  TO ANYONE WHO ATTENDED FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN OKEECHOBEE!!!

To all Okeechobee Men,
I have just received an inquiry from Capt. John Rhoden in Okeechobee and he wants to know if any of you remembers a boy called Tiny??? It appears he was a very large boy and some even considered him as a Bully. Please reply as soon as possible to me if you know who this is. Thank You Very Much!!! Jerry Cooper 
PLEASE ALLOW TIME FOR PAGE TO LOAD, IT IS TEXT AND PHOTO INTENSIVE, AND MAY TAKE TIME!

WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE BOYS ORGANIZATION WEBSITE!
 The following is a list of Quick Links, and Information that summarizes the plight of the White House Boys to seek truth and justice regarding the atrocities that took place at The Florida School for Boys for over 100 years.  In addition to the summary below, please use the menu buttons at the top of each page to help you navigate the enormous wealth of information on this website.

CONTACT INFO:   
President:  Jerry Cooper 239-542-3831 or 239-994-1280 *OR* email  
theofficialwhitehouseboys@gmail.com


QUICK LINKS TO IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS AND THE WHITE HOUSE BOYS:  

  • THE MOST RECENT NEWS IS HERE
  • INFO ON THE UNMARKED GRAVES AT DOZIER IS HERE
  • INFO FROM THE LAWYERS, AND HOW TO FIND YOUR RECORDS IF YOU WERE AT FSB IS HERE
  • OKEECHOBEE MEN, SEND YOUR REQUEST FOR RECORDS VIA EMAIL HERE (Include Full Name, Date of Birth, Approximate Years, County you were sent from)
  • *OTHER* NEWS ABOUT THE DJJ OR THE WHITE HOUSE BOYS (other than info on excavation of unmarked and shallow graves  CLICK HERE.
  • FOR SOME VIDEOS ABOUT THE GRAVES, CLICK HERE
  • OTHER VIDEOS ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE BOYS CLICK HERE
  • TO READ A 1958 REPORT IN THE PALM BEACH POST ABOUT THE BEATINGS AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN MARIANNA, CLICK HERE

MORE IMPORTANT LINKS:

JUVENILE JUSTICE -
6 fired over teen’s death in lockup
 -CLICK HERE to read

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR YOU TO READ (CLICK ON THE TITLE OF THE ONE YOU WANT TO SEE - THEY TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO LOAD) :

FLORIDA SENATE CLAIMS BILL SB46

 (2012
 FLORIDA DEPT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT (FDLE) INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY REPORT ON UNMARKED GRAVES

FDLE INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY REPORT ON ABUSE AT DOZIER

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LETTER TO FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT

FEDERAL DEPT OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATION OF DOZIER - DECEMBER, 2011  (.DOC)

FEDERAL DEPT OF JUSTIC INVESTIGATION OF DOZIER - DECEMBER, 2011 (.PDF)

Contact our government by phone, letter and email!
CONTACT OUR SENATORS! Find out how by clicking HERE - http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/


CONTACT YOUR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES! 

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx

To read the CLAIMS BILL, click this link:

http://www.flsenate.gov/session/index.cfm?Mode=Bills&SubMenu=1&Tab=session&BI_Mode=ViewBillInfo&BillNum=0044&Chamber=Senate&Year=2011&Title=-%3EBill%2520Info%3AS%25200044-%3ESession%25202011
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PLEASE HELP USF ANTHROPOLOGISTS BY FILLING OUT A SURVEY THAT WILL HELP THEM DATE REMAINS FOUND AT FSB (DOZIER).  CLICK HERE
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TO ALL WHITE HOUSE BOYS:  This is YOUR website! Don't forget to send us your stories to: theofficialwhitehouseboys@gmail.com and we'll post it on MEN's STORIES  Please check the  PRAYER  page to see how your brothers and their families are doing.  Please don't forget to stop by the GUESTBOOK and read the comments or leave one yourself.  This is where many of the folks new to the White House Boys first contact us, so why not welcome some of the new members there?  Most importantly, keep up with the latest news by clicking HERE  Last, but not least, read ABOUT US which not only has important info & videos about us, but also has links to many of the books that the White House Boys have written. 
URGENT!!  A WHITE HOUSE BOY NEEDS YOUR HELP!  JEFFREY SAMPSON IS LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS BROTHER GREGORY SAMPSON AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN 1965.  HERE IS A PRESS RELEASE WE PUT OUT TO HELP BROTHER JEFFEREY FIND ANSWERS... read this: http://prlog.org/12269789

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The White House Boys-A frightening truth emerges


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Be sure to also check out other pages of this website, such as the GUESTBOOK, NEWS AND EVENTS and PRAYER REQUESTS AND UPDATES as well as many other pages on this website. We also have MANY photos and articles directly from The Yellow Jacket Newspapers HERE.
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LAST OF DOZIER RESIDENTS MOVED. STORY
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SEE THE LATEST ST. PETE TIMES ARTICLE
HERE.

CLICK *HERE* TO VIEW ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE REVEALING MEDICAL EXPERIMENTATION ON THE DISABLED AND INCARCERATED FROM 1930s - 1970s. To view the full article, click HERE. If you had a similar experience at FSB or Okeechobee, please email us.

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JULY, 2011 - PICNIC AT FORT DESOTO PARK, SARASOTA, FL -  PHOTO ALBUM BELOW
ALL PHOTOS ARE "CLICK TO ENLARGE"
TURN PAGES BY CLICKING ON THE NUMBERS BELOW

URGENT!  
IMPORTANT NOTICE  TO ALL WHITE HOUSE BOYS 
On Aug 6, 2013, the Florida Cabinet agreed to let USF anthropologists continue their research & exhume the bodies in unmarked graves at Dozier.  Many of our men attended this meeting - including Acting President, Jerry Cooper and Sergeant at Arms, James "Harley" DeNyke 

 FOR THE LATEST NEWSCLICK HERE.  

The cabinet meeting of 8-6-12  re: Dozier Exhumation  is on the video below

click on this link:
http://thefloridachannel.org/video/8613-florida-cabinet-meeting/

WATCH A.G. PAM BONDI'S STATEMENT TO THE PRESS ABOUT DOZIER AFTER THE CABINET MEETING CLICK HERE: 


CLICK HERE, for the entire agenda for the Cabinet Meeting
CLICK HERE for the Board of Trustees Agenda regarding USF and exhumations at Dozier
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HERE IS A COMMENT FROM OUR ACTING PRESIDENT, JERRY COOPER (Aug. 6, 2013):

We have had a tough fight all the way around for 7 years now, and finally the exhumation has been approved!  I want to say that we would not be where we are now without EVERYONE's help!   I want to thank each and every one of you for helping us arrive at today's victory.  I am confident that justice will be served.

God bless all of you!!!!!  

Jerry Cooper

"A White House Boy"
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BREAKING NEWS!  SEE JERRY COOPER REVEAL MORE OF FLORIDA'S SECRETS BY CLICKING HERE

YOU CAN HELP!
 Click HERE to see how YOU can make a difference (by calling & writing to our government) & help get closure for families of those young boys buried at Dozier!

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White House Boys –
Prayer for Healing and Unity

by: Pastors John and Frances Marx

Almighty Father, we lift up all the White House Boys and their families.

Our Father, you know the pain each one has endured and the injustices each one has suffered.

We thank you Father, that you have provided a means by which each one can receive healing, restoration and a peace that goes beyond understanding through your Son, Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’ Name, we pray Lord that you would send the Holy Spirit to minister to each one’s heart and mind.

We thank you Father for your amazing grace and pray that by the Power of the Holy Spirit, each one is empowered to receive and embrace your healing and peace.

Although during the time spent at Florida School for Boys, many were separated and divided because of race, we rejoice that you have made us one body in Christ.

We thank you Lord for the unity only You can bring to enable us to be one family, all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Amen
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NEWS 2-1-13 ABOUT USF & BILL NELSON RELATING TO DOZIER GRAVES. CLICK HERE    ---------------------

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To go straight to News about the USF INVESTIGATION into Dozier Reform School (Florida School for Boys, Marianna, Florida) unmarked Graves,
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Read about our Christmas Project for the boys at Eckerd's Youth Academy.
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Our White House Boys Flag has been traveling to memorial services, thanks to Sargeant at Arms, Jim DeNyke "Harley". Read More HERE.
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We have a new addition to "Men's Stories", to read, CLICK HERE.
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BREAKING NEWS!

Bill Nelson, Senator, Wants Feds To Probe Florida Reform School

MARIANNA, Fla. — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants the Justice Department to join an expanded search for graves and possible evidence of crimes at a defunct reform school in the Florida Panhandle. The Florida Democrat on Wednesday made the request in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

University of South Florida anthropologists on Monday released a report indicating they had documented the deaths of two staffers and 96 children at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.  They also said they found 50 gravesites on the grounds. That's 19 more than the Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified in a prior investigation. FDLE, though, was unable to confirm or refute claims that school staffers had abused students decades ago.

The anthropologists believe additional research will turn up more gravesites. 


READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC, CLICK HERE

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URGENT ATTENTION!
If any man was at Marianna Florida School for Boys in 1962 or 1963 and knew Wayne Tillis or Eddie Tillis, please contact Ben Montgomery of the St. Petersburg Times / Tampa Bay Times IMMEDIATELY with any information you may have. Or, call Jerry Cooper at 239-542-3831.  This is VERY IMPORTANT!!!

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Florida's Dozier School For Boys: A True Horror Story on NPR (National Public Radio) 10-15-12 CLICK HERE

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Researchers find more graves at Dozier than state said existed

By Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore,
Times Staff Writers
Tampa Bay Times Posted: Oct 11, 2012 06:51 PM  

For years, Richard Varnadoe has longed to know where the state buried his brother, Thomas, who died at 13, as a ward of Florida's oldest reform school in the Panhandle town of Marianna.

"I feel an obligation that the truth has to come out, what happened to him," said Varnadoe, 83. "I am the last hope . . . I'm the last sibling."

New evidence unearthed by researchers at the University of South Florida may shed light on where Thomas and dozens of other boys who died in state custody are buried. The team has identified at least 49 graves in and near the notorious school's known cemetery, north of the campus. That's 18 more than the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found during a 2009 investigation.

Researchers have also found "sufficient evidence" to conclude there's likely another clandestine cemetery on school property, in a patch of woods on the south side of campus, which had been reserved for white students during segregation.

Led by Erin Kimmerle, associate professor of anthropology at USF, the researchers petitioned the state to use ground penetrating radar to try to find the second cemetery and determine how many graves it contained. But the state denied the petition in August because it intended to sell 220 acres of the land at public auction. The school closed in 2011, after 111 years of operation.

The Department of Juvenile Justice reversed its ruling Thursday afternoon, a day after Thomas Varnadoe's nephew, Glen Varnadoe, filed a lawsuit to put a stop to the sale.

"After careful consideration, we will work with the researchers on how best to provide them access to the site," said DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters.

"It sounds very encouraging," said Glen Varnadoe. "I think if they let Dr. Kimmerle and her staff do the research on the ground, they will find what we're looking for."

Kimmerle suspected there was a second cemetery on the property when her team discovered no segregation between graves at the known cemetery, called Boot Hill. Until 1968, it was customary for cemeteries to have defined separate areas for the remains of whites and blacks.

Former wards of the state, and family members of those who died in custody, also told researchers they had seen a cemetery on the south side of campus. Among them was Ovell Krell, a former Lakeland police officer, who suspects her brother was killed by guards in 1940.

Krell said her family drove to Marianna to investigate her brother's reported disappearance from the school. By the time they arrived, they were shown a pile of dirt in a cemetery south of campus, which the superintendent identified as her brother's grave.

Researchers John Powell and Richard Weltz also matched an aerial photograph of a cemetery from a Jackson County historian to a spot on the south campus.

"It's too much evidence from too many sources to say it's nothing," Kimmerle said.

Since 2008, former wards, mostly from the 1950s and '60s, have spoken publicly about being abused at the school. Hundreds told of being hit with a leather strap until they bled in a small building called the White House. Some have reported that bunk-mates were taken to the White House for punishment and never returned.

Former Gov. Charlie Christ ordered an investigation in 2009 after news spread of a cemetery in a small clearing in the woods dotted by 31 white metal crosses. Relying heavily on the school's own records, FDLE determined that at least 81 boys died in custody, and that 29 boys and two men were buried at the cemetery.

USF's Kimmerle, along with archaeologist Richard Estabrook and a team of students, used ground-penetrating radar and other "ground truthing" techniques and determined that the actual cemetery extended 20 meters north of the marked site, into a heavily wooded area. And they found a minimum of 49 graves, which Kimmerle called a "conservative estimate."

"That's a minimum number," she said. "These are the ones that we are confident saying these are grave shafts."

Kimmerle said it's also possible that some graves may contain more than one child.

"This is the worst case of child abuse in American history," said Robert Straley, of Clearwater, who was abused at the school when he was 13. "They have an obligation to make that into a real cemetery, where the relatives of boys would be allowed to go in there and pay their respect and they should build a monument to all the boys who died and were never identified."

The Varnadoes hope someday to identify Thomas' remains, and to have them disinterred and reburied at the family's plot in Brooksville, beside his mother.

"Our interest in this is a 13-year-old child that never got to come home to his mother," Glen Varnadoe said. "Our interest is in bringing this child home so he can spend the rest of eternity with his family."

Ben Montgomery can be reached at bmontgomery@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8650. Waveney Ann Moore can be reached at wmoore@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2283.

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Posted on Thu, Oct. 11, 2012
MIAMI HERALD

Unmarked graves of notorious youth prison snag sale by Florida DJJ
By Carol Marbin Miller
cmarbin@MiamiHerald.com
 
The Dozier School for Boys in Marianna had a history rife with abuse. As recently as 2004, a boy had his head smashed on concrete by a guard. For decades in the middle of the 20th century, boys were beaten by guards with a heavy leather paddle. Former Dozier School for Boys (then called Florida School for Boys) inmate Dick Colon is shown holding a replica of the leather paddle. In 1983, the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit claiming kids were hogtied and left in isolation for extended periods. Four years later plans were announced to overhaul the juvenile justice system, but those at Dozier at that time say those reforms never happened. The grounds of Florida’s most notorious youth prison, a century-old Panhandle reform school, are now a 220-acre money pit that costs more to maintain than the property may be worth. Youth corrections administrators had circled Oct. 15 as the date they could finally unload the place, and its many ghosts.

But the sale of the controversial Dozier School for Boys hit an unexpected snag Thursday as the brother and nephew of a 13-year-old boy who died there in 1934 filed suit in Tallahassee, asking a judge to stop the sale so that family members can find the child’s now-hidden grave.

The lawsuit is the latest chapter in a decades-long saga involving scores of now-grown men from throughout the state who say they were raped or mercilessly beaten or both at the Marianna campus. The “White House Boys” — as some of the men have dubbed themselves after the squat white-washed cottage where they were whipped sometimes 100 times or more — have spawned at least two books and a movement to extract some type of compensation from the Florida Legislature.

Glen Varnadoe is not one of the White House Boys. He says he is a 63-year-old man who just wants to return his uncle’s remains to a family graveyard in Marion County, where they belong.
“He was a 13-year-old kid, and he deserves, at some point, to be brought back home to his mother,” said Varnadoe, who lives in Lakeland. “All this case is about is bringing a 13-year-old home and burying him with the rest of the family.”

Varnadoe and his uncle, Joseph R. Varnadoe, will appear before a Leon Circuit Court judge at 3 p.m. Friday in an effort to stop the sale of the Dozier property.
Late Thursday, the Department of Juvenile Justice’s chief, Wansley Walters, said her agency will reconsider the state’s decision to close off the campus from researchers and family members seeking to locate the graves of children who died there.

“As secretary of the [DJJ], I am profoundly aware of the historical significance of the North Florida Youth Development Center [NFYDC], formerly the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys,” Walters said. “One of the decisions I am most proud of is that this administration closed NFYDC in 2011. After careful consideration, we will work with the researchers on how best to provide them access to the site.”

For several months, a team of anthropologists from the University of South Florida has been scouring the boys’ school campus in search of what they believe to be the unmarked graves of an unknown number of children who died during Dozier’s more than 100 years of operation. In July, Erin Kimmerle, an anthropology professor, asked state land managers for permission to study a portion of the school, known as the South Campus, where state juvenile justice administrators operated a corrections center until last year. The South Campus originally contained cottages, schools and other facilities used exclusively by white children; African-American youth had been housed in a separate campus nearby.
The North Campus, where black children were housed, now contains several ramshackle cottages that — though largely falling apart — were frozen in time decades ago, with furniture, books and Bibles scattered as they were the day the campus was closed. It also holds a cemetery — called Boot Hill — with about 30 graves in neat rows loosely marked by spare crosses of white-washed PVC pipe.

Researchers and others believe white children who died at Dozier were buried somewhere on the South Campus, and they cite the conventions of the South in the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as support for their beliefs. If the children were housed in different dormitories, ate in separate mess halls, played on segregated sports teams and studied in classrooms far apart — why would they have been buried together?

“It was the law of the land that there be separate facilities, and also the custom of the South that whites and blacks be buried separately,” said Robert S. Bolt, a Tampa lawyer who is representing the Varnadoes.
And court pleadings filed Thursday say researchers have interviewed townspeople, former inmates of the youth camp and relatives who say they either saw burial sites on the South Campus or were told about them by people who had.
Said Bolt: “There is plenty of good evidence that that’s where the white cemetery is.”

But in a letter last August, a head of the state Bureau of Public Land Administration, Victoria F. Thompson, denied Kimmerle’s request, “due to the upcoming surplus sale of this property and liability concerns.”

DJJ is spending $357,521 yearly to maintain the property, which is not expected to fetch more than that at sale.
Bids for the Dozier property, — described as “gently rolling, improved and wooded,” in a sale announcement — were to be opened next Monday. In their complaint, the Varnadoes say going forward with the sale will forever prevent them from retrieving the remains of Thomas Varnadoe, whose death certificate says he died on or about Oct. 26, 1934 of pneumonia.

Glen Varnadoe’s father, who died in 1973, was sent to Dozier, along with Thomas, when the two brothers were arrested in Hernando County on malicious trespassing charges, Glen Varnadoe said. A Dozier student newspaper reported that Thomas had been in poor health when he entered the youth prison, but family members long have disputed that claim. The “Yellow Jacket” newspaper also reported that Thomas was carried to his grave by fellow inmates who acted as pallbearers while a large contingent of staff members looked on solemnly.
Varnadoe said his father never discussed Thomas’ death, though he did insist that only he and a grave-digger attended the funeral. “At Thomas’ funeral, they dug a hole and they put him in,” he said.

If researchers can identify Thomas’ remains, Varnadoe said, he would like to place them “right beside the headstone of his mother.”
Varnadoe says he suspects some of the newer buildings on the South Campus likely were erected atop the bones of children who were unceremoniously deposited under the ground, as he says Thomas was. And he fears the boys, like his uncle Thomas, will remain there forever if DJJ is allowed to sell the site before the graves are located and preserved.

“To think he will spend an eternity buried under a parking lot somewhere is just a travesty,” Varnadoe said.

© 2012 Miami Herald Media Company. All Rights Reserved.
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CLICK HERE TO VIEW LASTEST NEWS ABOUT USF'S RESEARCH AT BOOTHILL CEMETARY

CLICK THE WORD "LISTEN" BELOW TO HEAR THE USF BROADCAST ON PUBLIC BROADCASTING REGARDING THE GRAVES AT DOZIER.(Florida School For Boys aka Florida Industrial School).  

   to the Radio Broadcast

UPDATE - MID-DECEMBER, 2011, IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT SOMEONE CLEARED LAND SO THAT THE CEMETARY CAN NOW BE SEEN FROM THE ROAD!  WHO DID THIS? WHY?

JERRY COOPER DISCOVERS ANOTHER CEMETARY AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS
(DOZIER)  PROPERTY -- RIGHT NEAR ROOSEVELT  COTTAGE.   

IF JERRY COULD FIND IT, WHY DIDN'T THE F.D.L.E. WHEN THEY DID "THEIR" INVESTIGATION?

THE CEMETARY IS SURROUNDED BY CHAIN LINK FENCE AND IN DISREPAIR. SEE FOR YOURSELF! PHOTOS BELOW. MORE INFO WILL BE POSTED VERY SOON... KEEP WATCHING!

MANY THANKS TO JERRY COOPER FOR THIS CONTRIBUTION. HE HAS BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO SEE THAT JUSTICE PREVAILS! THE PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND BELOW THIS ENTRY.  

(SEE ALSO 2 ST PETE TIMES ARTICLES AND ANOTHER BY A P.I. RELATING TO DEATHS/ GRAVES AT FSB/DOZIER  BY CLICKING THE BLUE UNDERLINED ITEMS  BELOW)

No surprises as FDLE identifies remains in graves at Florida School for Boys

- (May 15, 2009)

FDLE Identifies Unmarked Graves at Dozier School for Boys  (PDF) 

 Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida also known as the Florida State Reform School, questions still remain about individuals buried at the Dozier “Boot Hill” Cemetery, herein referred to as the “School Cemetery,” on the North Side or “Number 2” side and was there a second Cemetery on the South Side or “Number 1″? 

FOR MORE ON GRAVES AT DOZIER, CLICK HERE

A COMMENDATION FOR NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK! (posted 4-22-12)

Here is the text of the letter received.  Below the text you can click on links to see the original letter and the certificate.

The first name in second chances (sm)
Eckerd
100 Starcrest Drive I Clearwater, Florida 33765
P (727) 461-2ee0 | F {727) 442-ss11
Eckerd.org

April 16,2O12

Mr. Jerry Cooper
5503 14th Pt
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Dear Mr. Cooper:

National Volunteer Week, April 15-2L,2012, celebrates people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. ln the spirit of this national celebration, Eckerd would like to present you with the enclosed certificate of appreciation for the service you've offered to enrich the lives of children and provide them with much-needed second chances.

lf there is anything I can do to make your volunteer experience more rewarding, please feel free to contact me at any time at the number below or via email at volunteer@eckerd.orA.

It has been said that one's true calling is where your heart's greatest gladness meets the world's deepest need. We can think of no greater need than the need to strengthen America's families and help children succeed'..and we're so thankful for your support. We're looking forward to serving alongside you in the year to come.

Regards,

Kim Looby
Vice President of External Relations
727-461-1236 x 3305

READ LETTER HERE

SEE CERTIFICATE HERE

CONTACT INFO for Media and men abused at Florida School for Boys in Marianna or Okeechobee in the 1950s or 1960s and anyone with information about this abuse, Please contact:   Jerry Cooper, President of The Official White House Boys at 239-542-3831 or 239-994-1280 *OR* email  theofficialwhitehouseboys@gmail.com
SHARE OUR WEBSITE ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND MORE BY CLICKING THE ICONS BELOW...
OUR POLICY REGARDING DONATIONS:
The Official White House Boys Org
29th June 2014
 
Subject: Donations and Dues TOWHBO 
 
Members and to Whom it may concern:
 
Please find that there will be no donations accepted by The Official WHite House Boys  Org.
Except for the Fund that helps the Boys at Eckerd's Youth Alternatives.  
 
If you can help with the Eckerds Boys please contact Ms Diane Fudge or Charlie Fudge  who are  Chairpersons of Eckerds Christmas Project for  last four years. Please contact them by calling 352-382-2120 or by comment on the Guest Book www.theofficialwhitehouseboys.org
 
Regarding Membership Dues of 35.00 . If any member desires to pay and can afford it, please feel free. It is not mandatory. We are a free fellowship that works for the cause of Justice and many of our members are making it  day by day. In other words just praying to get by.
 
This is why we are fighting daily for Justice. Our men have suffered enough and as one WHB said today, they have "paid their dues". We are very grateful for the members that have paid every year.

We are also Blessed that the cost of our website is donated yearly so far and that the auction at Reunions  has made enough to help with the Widows Fund/Flowers etc.  The auction funds come from items donated by members that we offer at auction every reunion.  Our brother Don Stratton and his family work the auction each Reunion.
 
So you see everything is full circle. Just want to stay self contained and keep things easy and simple for all.
 
NO DEMANDS - NO DONATIONS - AND NO MEMBERSHIP FEE UNLESS YOU CAN AFFORD IT.
 
As of this date 29 June 2014.
 
Respectfully, 
Jerry Cooper
President /TOWHBO 
White House Boy


A childs marble, found in the pocket of a body, is seen during a news conference on Tuesday  Chris O'Meara/AP 
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MISSING? BURIED IN UNMARKED GRAVE? DIED MYSTERIOUSLY? MURDERED? LOST?
DO YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE WHO WAS BURIED OR DISAPPEARED AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN MARIANNA, FLORIDA?  IF SO, PLEASE CONTACT US AT 239-542-3831 OR email to:  theofficialwhitehouseboys@gmail.com.   In addition, the researchers can use your DNA to help identify your loved ones' remains, so please follow these instructions:  (From the University of South Florida) In the effort to identify the remains of children buried at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, USF is seeking the public’s help. Do you know anyone on this list? Please contact Master Detective Greg Thomas, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 813-247-8678, with information. To see a list of families they are currently looking here,  CLICK HERE TO VIEW
VIEW ABC NEWS VIDEO ON FLORIDA'S POLITICAL CORRUPTION



IF YOU NEED YOUR RECORDS FROM YOUR STAY AT FSB OR OKEECHOBEE, FROM THE 1950s or 1960s CLICK HERE
YELLOW JACKET NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS FROM FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN MARIANNA, FL (aka Florida Industrial School for Boys, aka "Dozier" (Arthur G Dozier School for Boys). See the photo gallery below.  There are several pages, click the numbers below to view each page.  The photos are click to enlarge.  

NEWS FLASH! THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE PRINTED A STORY ON GLENN HESS AND THE DEPT OF CORRECTIONS COVER-UP!
Click Here to Read the Entire Story

The State Attorney’s Office has decided not to pursue criminal charges against ex-Jackson Correctional Institution warden Ted Jeter.
CLICK HERE FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE FROM JACKSON COUNTY FLORIDIAN

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Federal investigation confirms abuse at Dozier, suggests children in danger at other facilities
By Ben Montgomery, Times Staff WriterTampa Bay Times
In Print: Saturday,
December 3, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice has blasted the state for failing to properly treat and protect children who were housed at the now-shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, Florida's first and oldest state-run reform school that closed in June after 111 years of operation.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's failure to oversee the program and prevent children from being abused and neglected suggests other programs have similar issues, according to the report by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, released late Friday.

"Although Dozier and JJOC (the Jackson Juvenile Offender Center on Dozier's campus) are now shuttered, these problems persist due to the weaknesses in the state's oversight system and from a correspondent lack of training and supervision," the report said. "Our findings remain relevant to the conditions of confinement for the youth confined in Florida's remaining juvenile justice facilities."

The Justice Department's investigation, announced in 2010 to then-Gov. Charlie Crist, showed "reasonable cause to believe that the state of Florida was engaged in a pattern or practice of failing to have proper measures of accountability that led to serious deficiencies."

The Justice Department alleged many instances in which the state violated the constitutional rights of the boys, ages 13 to 21, confined to Dozier, and said the state must take immediate measures to "assess the full extent of its failed oversight" to protect children at its other facilities. The state must also strengthen its oversight processes by implementing a more rigorous system of hiring, training and accountability, the report said.

DJJ spokesman C.J. Drake said Florida has already implemented a number of reforms and has seen a dramatic reduction in the use of physical techniques to control children. He also said the state has closed or substantially reduced 23 residential programs statewide since 2008 because of performance issues.

"That's because we proactively identify problems in our residential programs and take swift corrective action," Drake said. "Residential programs that cannot implement and sustain corrective actions are closed."

DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters, who took over the department in January, was not available to comment on the report, Drake said.

The Department of Justice found:

• Staff used excessive force on youths, including choking and mechanical restraints. It documented incidents caught on tape in which guards violently pushed youths to the ground, and struck and choked youths. Staff unlawfully shackled youths with mechanical restraints as a first response to youths who did not respond to verbal commands. One youth was held face-down on the floor for 48 minutes and placed in mechanical restrains for an additional three hours and 17 minutes.

• Youths were often disciplined for minor infractions through inappropriate uses of lengthy and unnecessary isolation without due process. The report documented one case in which a boy was kept in isolation — inside a small cell with a concrete-slab bed and thin mattress — for two weeks. And shortly after he was released, he was sent back to isolation.

• Staff were not appropriately trained and had a generally "laissez-faire attitude" toward suicidal youth. The report noted that average pay for direct-care staff fell below $12 an hour, well below the nationwide median hourly wage for correctional officers of $18.78.

• The safety of youths was compromised as a result of their relocation to the Jackson Juvenile Offender Center (a more restrictive and punitive facility on the Dozier campus).

• The state failed to provide necessary and appropriate rehabilitative services to address addiction, mental health or behavioral needs, which served as a barrier to the youths' ability to return to the community and not reoffend.

• Youths were subjected to unnecessary and unconstitutional frisk searches. Dozier youths were frisk searched more than 10 times per day. One told investigators, "Some staff rub on your privates." Another said staff "touch too much."

"The failure to address these concerns not only harms the youth, but has a negative impact on public confidence and public safety," the report said. "The critical role of the juvenile justice system to correct and rehabilitate is being abdicated and youth may well be leaving the system with additional physical and psychological barriers to success."

The Dozier school in Marianna, about 60 miles west of Tallahassee, has been the subject of an ongoing investigative series in the St. Petersburg Times called "For Their Own Good." The facility has been exposed a number of times for abuse and neglect. The Department of Justice's investigation confirms much of what the Times has reported.

"What the Department of Justice has done in this report is help us look back at what was and gives us a true guide for what should never, ever happen again," said child advocate Jack Levine, who exposed abuse at Dozier in the early 1980s that prompted a federal class-action lawsuit against the state.

Drake, the DJJ spokesman, said the department is working on a response to the report.

"The issues at Dozier occurred long before this administration took office and it was this administration that closed that facility," he said. "We … do not tolerate misconduct or poor performance. If we identify it we seek to correct it, and if it's not corrected it's closed."

Times staff writer Waveney Ann Moore contributed to this report. Ben Montgomery can be reached at bmontgomery@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8650.


READ THE REPORT FROM THE JUSTICE DEPT. - CLICK HERE

8-28-13 Feds to fund Tampa scientists’ exhumation work at old reform school cemetery  Sen. Nelson helped USF find more than $420,000  Click HERE to read. this and MANY other news clips.


IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JERRY COOPER - To All Of Interest – Including Families of Interred Boys At The Florida School For Boys (aka "Dozier")

Please understand that what follows is my personal opinion and thoughts on what will probably happen when the exhumations take place this coming month. We have, I think, 7 or 8 families that have requested to have their loved ones returned for a proper burial and have given their DNA samples to be compared as the exhumations are done. 

Now here are what I see as the "Red Flags against the State Of Florida!!!!":

I give it less than a 50 percent chance that all seven or eight bodies whose families are seeking repatriation, and that are coming from the so called Boot Hill location, will be matches, for a lot of reasons!!!! If I'm correct, this would be a huge red flag against the state!!! This would open up a rash of lawsuits against the state – hands down!!!  Also if any of the bodies exhumed show any signs of foul play whatsoever, the state again loses its position.

There are too many possibilities that can happen here that would indicate that foul play did occur in Marianna at Florida School for Boys aka “Dozier”. Like Pulitzer Prize Nominated reporter, Ben Montgomery, of the St Pete Times (now named Tampa Bay Times) told me a couple of years ago, "The Truth Will Come Out".

It has already been proven that there are more than the 31 bodies that FDLE reported to be located at the “Boot Hill” location in their “so called investigation” (Click HERE and HERE to read the complete FDLE “Investigations”). This is a Huge Red Flag!!!!

Another problem can occur at “Boot Hill”. What if the bodies there are all black or all white??? That would be another problem for the state.

I can almost promise you that the U.S. Justice Dept. will have to get involved in order to find out the whole truth about the history of Florida School for Boys, aka “Dozier”. Since there is a 1400 acre site that has to be searched, it could take a lot of years to do so. Maybe, in the near future, some help could come from the Justice Dept. I assume that USF will continue to do the Ground Penetrating Radar work while the exhumations are being done.

I would like to share some info that was sent to me by our fine brother, Andrew Puel, who has made many trips to Tallahassee and Marianna for me, **** , and Robert Straley, in order to gather records and very important documents over the past few years. His efforts have been a huge benefit towardss finding the truth!!!! Andrew made these trips, having only limited funds, and I cannot thank him enough!!! He has been taking care of his father, on his own, for many years until his father's recent death, and he is a devoted Christian man.

The ledgers that Andrew copied by hand and sent to me are very important. They date back from 1937 through 1961. The report shows 184 boys that escaped during those years, but only only 5 boys are shown as being recaptured!!!! The ledgers are all blank after the date of escape. They include the following columns:

1. RECAPTURED DATE: ALL BLANK except for 5 boys!!!!
2. DATE RELEASED: ALL BLANK except 1 boy, which is shown as being released on his escape date?? GO FIGURE!!
3. HOW RELEASED: ALL WERE BLANK!!!
4. REMARKS COLUMN: ALL WERE BLANK!!!

Let me say this about the boys I know of from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s – I can only recall maybe 3-4 men that, as boys, made successful escapes from this institution during 3 decades. How could 184 boys have made it out of there in the 3 decades before???? My opinion is that they did not!!! Some of these boys were as young as 12 years old!!! Give me a break!!!!

In my research this last week, I have found that there are 2 boy's names on the list of 8 who will be included in the tests that will attempt to match DNA taken by their family members to locate their bodies at Boot Hill. Why are these 2 boys not listed in the FDLE report which attempts to name the bodies buried in 31 graves??????   to see the list of the 8.  The 2 names are Joshua Backey and Robert Stephens. This, to me, is another red flag!!!

Another Red Flag: How does the “Find a Grave” website come up with 3 times more names of those buried at “Dozier” than the FDLE report came up with??? To go to the Find a Grave website click HERE, and a copy of their information on Dozier follows below also.

Two of 8 names on the list of those that will be DNA matched are staff members who died in the 1914 fire, in which a cottage burned down. They are R. Bennett Evans and Charles M. Evans. Now do you think its possible that 2 white staff members were buried with black boys in 1914 when there was such segregation at that time in history (even in the US Military until the late 1950s), and especially in that part of the south?????

I think the only way to resolve what happened at the Florida School for Boys in Marianna, FL (aka “Dozier) is to have the U.S. Justice Dept. decide in the near future, that they should intervene and find out what happened and how it happened – Period!!! I believe they should have already done so with all the info that has been uncovered and is available to them!!!

The records I have on the 184 Boys that escaped will be sent to the following: Senator Nelson, The Department of Juvenile Justice, Pam Bondi, The U.S. Justice Dept, Governor Rick Scott, and The Department of Agriculture. The information will also be available to all news media, and it will be sent to all the Attorneys that represent The White House Boys. I only hope we live long enough to find the truth about this most "UNGODLY" place we once knew as children.

Jerry Cooper, President, "White House Boys"

Sources:


Find a Grave:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSsr=1&GScid=2335290&

Cemetery notes and/or description (From Find A Grave website):
This small field is located in the woods on the present grounds of the Arthur G.
Dozier School for Boys, a state juvenile correction facility. Originally known as the Florida State Reform School (Established in 1900) and later the Florida Industrial School for Boys, the institution has a notorious reputation as an abusive place in its earlier years, complete with a torture chamber known as the "White House". The cemetery was active from about 1914 to 1952. Since death certificates were not required prior to 1917 and subsequent records are not complete, it is not known how many people are interred here.
State Investigators believe at least 81 are buried here and at another location about 500 yards to the north. The argument for two locations is bolstered by the fact that it was not the custom in the days when the cemetery was active to bury whites and “ coloreds” at the same site (The races were segregated at this facility). 31 metal crosses were erected at this location near extant shallow indentations in the ground in 1996 to replace concrete/rebar crosses from the 1960's that had been removed and stored near the site...It is believed wooden crosses or no markers were originally employed...

State and school records show that out of nearly 100 children who died while at the school, there are no burial records for 22 of them.

LIST OF CHILDREN WHOSE FAMILIES ARE REQUESTING REPATRIATION VIA DNA TESTS
  


Researchers release composite sketch of boy buried at Dozier1

Posted: Apr 15, 2014 7:09 AM EDTUpdated: Apr 15, 2014 5:09 PM EDT
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A just-released composite is our first look at one of the boys buried at Dozier.

It was made from the remains found at an unmarked grave.

Dr. Erin Kimmerle, who heads up the USF research team, says he is an African-American child, about 10 years old.

The stories of abuse and torture at the Dozier School for Boys have been buried for decades. Those secrets are slowly emerging from the graves.

But Kimmerle says it hasn't been easy.

"When you're looking at skeletal remains from years ago, you could be next to it and miss it," Kimmerle said.

In February, investigators with USF discovered 55 bodies at Dozier -- 24 more than the official count that was documented in state records.

Researchers hope to collect DNA from relatives to match them to the bodies exhumed.

Senator Bill Nelson says the families of those who died here deserve to know what happened.

"We owe it to the families to get to the bottom of this so they can have closure on what happened to their loved ones," Nelson said.

Kimmerle says hi-tech X-ray equipment is helping them pinpoint the ages of the boys through dental analysis.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

May 24, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Statement Regarding Denial of Petition to Exhume Bodies at Dozier School for Boys
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi released the following statement regarding the 14th Judicial Circuit Court’s denial of the Petition to Exhume Human Bodies/Remains at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla.

“I remain committed to assisting with the efforts to help resolve unanswered questions regarding deaths at the Dozier School for Boys. In light of today’s adverse ruling, we will be meeting with the interested parties and considering the next course of action to explore other avenues.”

To view the ruling, please follow this link: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/JMEE-97ZSCN/$file/DozierMay24.pdf


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White House Boys Family and Friends Picnic May 12, 2013.. See More PHotos HERE


May 12 2013 From 10:00 A.M. Till 5:00 P.M.

Please call Babbs 239 994-1280 and confirm you will attend for guest count please
 
And a Happy Spring to all. It is that time of the year when we all get to gather for Fellowship and cook a few Burger's and Dogs!
and come on let's Celebrate and Fellowship.

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NEWS!

REQUEST TO EXHUME BODIES! CLICK HERE
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PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER

My Dear Friends,
    Senator Bill Nelson has stepped forward on our behalf and has demanded that the state of Florida get to the truth of what occurred at the Dozier School for Boys in the State of Florida for several decades. . His statement at the meeting in Tampa with USF was "Where there is smoke at the Dozier School for Boy"s there is fire." This is so true!!!
    I was not able to attend this meeting, but “Bob” (Robert Straley) attended on everyone's behalf. We wish to thank him for attending.
    The main reason for this letter is to ask a "BIG FAVOR" from all of you at this time. I am begging you to take 5 minutes of your time to email or write a letter to senator Nelson and thank him for what he is doing for all of us "PLEASE". Also ask your children, friends, and relatives to write letters or emails please. You can contact Senator Nelson via email at
Digna_Alvarez@billnelson.senate.gov or mail a letter to him at: Senator Bill Nelson, Washington, D.C. Office, United States Senate, 716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510. 
    Erin Kimmerle is facing a very difficult task at this school that is going to be very hard to accomplish without some kind of help in doing so!!!! She is limited with what she has to work with. We can only hope that the justice department will give her assistance per Senator Nelson's request. 
     I can not thank you enough for keeping a close check on me in the past 2 weeks with what I have been going thru after an emergency surgery that required a total reconstruction of my lower back. I was in bad shape with spinal stenosis in the lower back,which cut off my lower body functions in the middle of the night and I had to be rushed to the hospital. I returned home after surgery, and in 2 days I was running a fever and was returned again to the hospital to fight this fever and I am now home again. I am not able to walk much at this time without a walker and my legs are still trying to figure out which way to go. I have been giving in house care and will start rehab this week. I can not even lift a plate or a gallon of milk yet, but it will come. I would be lost without the care of my wife Babbs. Again thank you so much for caring about me!!!!

In closing I can not thank all of you enough!!!

Jerry Cooper
President "White House Boy"s
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REUNION 2011 PHOTOS ARE IN. CLICK HERE !



NEWS REGARDING CLOSING OF MARIANNA:
All concerned:
Below is a reply I received today from DJJ, reference my letter to the Governor about the extension request for FSB. Simple answer: It's closing on schedule without granting an extension!!
********  (a White House Boy) 
 
Dear Mr. and Mrs. *********:
Thank you for your email of June 14, which the Governor's Office referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for a response.We are committed to a smooth transition for all the stakeholders served by the North Florida Youth Development Center (NFYDC). After carefully reviewing our options, we have decided to maintain the original June 30 closing date for NFYDC announced on May 26. Since then, we have transferred the youth served there to other DJJ facilities and we are working to assist the affected staff find other employment. Regarding your specific concerns about state employees to be laid off using public resources to seek other employment, we are obligated to assist them with identifying their options. Our Workforce Transition Plan requires us to meet with affected employees, distribute information and provide re-employment assistance. This includes on-site job fairs and informational sessions. I hope this information has been helpful. Thank you again for your correspondence and please let me know if I may be of further assistance.Sincerely,C. J. DrakeDirector of Communications Florida Department of Juvenile Justiceoffice: 850.921.5905cell: 850.251.0671
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