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Doziers School of Boys Stories buried under the trees

MARIANNA  --  What are the stories of the boys buried under the old oak?

At a press conference Saturday, some former students of the Arthur G. Dozier schools for boys in Marianna, Florida are speaking out about their memories of the cruelty they endured.

"Children are beat, raped, abused and work like slaves."

"Every time he would hit me with that belt it would suck the skin from my behind."

"They had dogs there in case you run away."

Former students from the Panhandle reform school say they are speaking out for those who don't have a voice, those boys buried in the woods.

"We are not here to grieve, we are here to wake up America concerning dozier, that is why we are here."

"there are layers of injustice here besides the alleged murders and brutality against black and white boys."

The men that came back to recall their painful memories did not recognize the area.

Standup -- shrubs of green line the area, which use to be pristine, and when the boys now men look back all they want is closure.

"Exhume the bones from the graves of dozier reform school."

"Those old dry bones that lie in the grave are going to speak and we are going to seek justice."

If it is approved digging is expected to begin next week.