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Dozier Exhumation Officially Begins

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After a year of delays a research team has begun exhuming graves at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

Saturday marks University of South Florida's first day to work at the site.

     Researchers have a year to dig up the past and look for answers to questions of what happened at Dozier so many years ago. More than &400,000 in federal grants have been allocated to the exhumation process. Stories of abuse, beatings and killings surfaced from the Dozier School between the time of its opening in 1900 through the 60's. USF anthropologist Dr. Erin Kimmerle says students and family members impacted by the situation are the driving force of discovering what happened there, "We've come to know the families really well over the past year and some of them will be visiting throughout the day.  In fact, some of them have asked to bring a minister and say a blessing.  And we feel that -- I feel like they're the driving force. So I'm very happy that we can do this for them and that they'll be here to share it."

Dr. Kimmerle and her team will be on site in Marianna until Tuesday.