Dozier School for Boys, presented by speaker Ben Montgomery


For more than a century, boys were sent to the Florida School for Boys reformatory in the north Florida town of Marianna. Many were beaten brutally and bear the physical and psychological scars to this day. Many boys, though, never came home. They died, some under mysterious circumstances. They were buried in unmarked graves and they were forgotten.  Courtesy of

Please join CFACDL with special guest speaker Ben Montgomery, who authored a two-part series documenting the Dozier School for Boys.

Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and founder of the narrative journalism website

Mr. Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Ark., the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson River Valley and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006.

In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called “For Their Own Good,” about abuse at Florida’s oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.

When:  Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Sorosis Womans Club of Orlando – 501 E Livingston St Orlando, FL 32803

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