This is one I found that I thought well suited, not only for burial of the boys but is
large and may be etched or even diamond etched (for pictures) The wall
extends back at least nine feet with I believe 9-10 feet in the front.
Add a few stone benches and lighting and this would be a beautiful memorial for
the boys with their remains inside and your choice of words and pictures. I have
seen mausoleums like this over 200 years old and if kept up as good as the day
they were erected.
I have found a monument & mausoleum builder out of Memphis Tennessee. The
company is West Memorials and they have a wide range of buildings in granite
that are made to withstand time, they use the best materials and can do etching
in words, etching even pictures, anything we would want to do on the sides of
the building could be done. Here is just a small example that we talked about,
the price would be $150,000 to $300,000 and depending on what we want. This
is actually less than if we purchase a standing headstone for say 48 boys. I will
send you his presentation as soon as he puts it together. Here is a small
building 8' High probably 12' back to front:
Since we are interring remains in something the size of a shoe box, this looks
pretty good to me. Front etching/picture....sides with pictures (in frame or
Monuments are much different: go to "category" and look at the different types.
This may also give you ideas for the mausoleum.
If Florida and the Cabinet members want to create something worthy of a
story read by 1.18 billion people all over the world then create something
beautiful, that, in Mr West's words, includes art, education, inspiration,
contemplation, and closure.
The completion of the Memorial and calling a press conference for the
Memorial Ceremony will go around the world once more.
What the Florida Cabinet will do is show the world that corporal
punishment and the ill treatment of juveniles only compounds the
problems. Using violence for any inmate, especially juveniles only instills
hatred and rage that will be taken out on their wives to be and their
children. Many of the abused become abusers themselves.
There is a great force behind the Dozier story, why waste this world wide
attention when we could use it to create a better world for the juveniles in
Florida and, if possible, make Florida an example of a government that
finally said: “We will not tolerate bad behavior by the staff nor employees
of facilities from this moment on.”
ON LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS STORY
Two of the fundamental measures of civilized society is how we treat our children and how
we treat our dead and in this case it’s plain to me that we, collectively for 100-plus years,
have failed at those two primary obligations and this is why it’s come to a head finally.
Maybe we’ve struck a place in our progress where we’re ready to deal with stuff and make
amends. Most of us. Some are opposed to this. Some want to leave those dead boys in
the ground and leave questions unanswered or say that there are no questions and that
everyone died for no reason, nothing suspicious.
I think for many of us it’s time to make amends. There have been a lot of people who
came out of that place, a state-run institution that should have been governed, should
have been ran correctly, and turned to lives of crime.
In a more nuanced version men have come out and not known how to carry their
emotions, they have carried intense amounts of trauma and have caused other people
pain. In a way we all continue to inherit the trauma that came out of that place in terms of
crimes they have committed since they were released, in terms of hugs not given, love not
I think that’s the lesson: we cannot treat the least members of our society, the juvenile
delinquents, as they have been treated at this facility and we all should be vigilant to the
extreme about making sure that kind of thing isn’t happening anywhere in the state, in the
country, in the world. That’s a pretty tall order, but that’s the lesson
Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa)
who wrote the new law summed it up.
“It rights the wrong of a system that not only tolerated these abuses, but looked the other
way year after year,” she said, a couple months ago. “We can’t change the sins of the
past. But, we can establish a reminder, so that they’re never repeated.”