AN EXCERPT FROM "BLOODY HISTORY--THE TRUTH
The Death of Girrard H. Blake & Torture of Oscar Anderson
Revelations of abuses committed on juveniles in county convict camps
continued to appear in the Florida Times Union and described in letters
sent to the Governor. One report stated a sixteen-year-old white boy from
Georgia named Girrard H. Brake, charged with vagrancy, received a sixty-day
sentence in the Alachua County jail. The County authorities included Brake
in a lease to a phosphate concern operating at Dutton. Witnesses reported
that two men held Brake down while the owner of the camp applied the strap.
The boy died as the result of the beating. Five physicians performed
autopsies and they all attributed his death to torture.
Ex-convict W. F. Brown explained that a young prisoner named Oscar Anderson
"was a docile boy, obedient to every order, and tried to do the tasks
assigned to him as manfully as he could." Brown reported that the boy had
orders to collect fifty-two buckets of turpentine every day, the same as
required of an adult man, but the boy could not do it. "I saw them beat
Oscar Anderson each and every day upon the alleged ground
that he had not completed his allotted task. They beat him with a piece of
leather, a strap, and they beat him until he was raw on the back." Brown
explained the productivity quota doubled what free laborers did in a day.
"The boys are given the same tasks as the men, and are obliged to work sick
or well. I have seen them fall over in the fields and afterwards whipped
because they fell."
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NATURE OF THIS 109 YEAR OLD SCHOOL OF HORRORS