MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — University of South Florida researchers are set to begin excavating dozens of graves found at a former reform school know for extreme abuse.
Digging is scheduled to begin Saturday morning at the now-closed Arthur G. Dozier School.
Researchers' goal is to identify the remains and determine how the boys buried there died.
Anthropologist Erin Kimmerle says there are about 50 bodies believed to be in graves. Some are marked with a plain, white steel cross. Others have no markings.
Former inmates at the reform school have detailed severe beatings by guards during the 1950s and 1960s. The school opened in 1900 and shut down two years ago for budgetary reasons.