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Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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THIS IS THE SWORN STATEMENT OF MR. TOM MOORE REGARDING THE MURDER (SHOOTING) OF AN AFRICIAN AMERICAN BOY AT THE WHITE HOUSE DISCIPLINARY BUILDING LOCATED AT FLORIDA INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL FOR BOYS AT MARIANNA (LATER NAMED THE DOZIER SCHOOL FOR BOYS-THE NORTH FLORIDA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER).
THE KILLING OF A BOY
This is an eye witness account of the shooting of a young black boy at the Florida Industrial School for Boys located in Marianna, Florida in 1964. The eye witness to the killing, now an adult, is named Thomas Moore (former youth student at the school). Mr. Moore gave this account to:
Author, Andrew F. Puel Jr. of Pensacola, Florida and
Author/Child Advocate, Roger Dean Kiser of Brunswick, Georgia.
Tom Moore worked in the kitchen at the above named reform school which was later named “The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys” in mid 1969 and then changed to “The North Florida Youth Development Center” in 2010. While working in the kitchen (his assigned station duty) he saw four or five black boys arriving at the White House (The disciplinary building where the floggings were administrated).
The black boys were taken out of two cars and hurried into the White House building. Mr. Moore saw two black staff members and a white staff member accompanying the juveniles. The white man had one arm, his name was Troy Tidwell.
Tom heard the large industrial fan being turned on in the White House which was used to drown out or at least somewhat cover the screams of the boys while they were being beaten. Mr. Moore moved to another window so he could get a better view of what was happening. Mr. Tidwell and a black staff member and two of the black boys were just entering the White House door.
Shortly thereafter (2 or 3 minutes later) a young black boy ten (10) to twelve (12) years old) ran out of the White House and began running from the building.
Mr. Tidwell ran out of the building screaming the boy. The boy headed towards the woods and Troy Tidwell pulled a gun and fired a shot. Instantly the young boy fell to the ground and did not move. There were several other kitchen crew boys who actually witnessed the shooting itself from another window location.
Tidwell spoke briefly with one of the black staff members before checking on the condition of the boy. Tom said he never saw the boy move after he went down. Tom believes from the manner in which the men were pointing and acting that the boy was shot in the head.
Mr. Edenfield, the kitchen supervisor, rushed into the kitchen area where Tom Moore was located and ordered him and the other boys to immediately go into the main dining room area. After moving, the boys were still able to see from the dining hall windows. Mr. Edenfield then instructed the boys to move into the staff dining room to keep them from viewing what was happening outside.
Word was around the campus that the boy had died from a gunshot wound. A day or two after the shooting the milk crew (black boys) made a milk delivery to the kitchen. Tom asked one of the black boys about the boy who had been shot. The younger black boy stated that boy didn’t return to his dormitory and that he had not been seen since being taken to the White House. A bigger black boy (the driver) accompanying him immediately told the boy to keep quiet and to keep his “big mouth shut.”
As far as Tom Moore knows, the black boy was never seen on campus ever again.
Thomas Moore ________________________________
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Signed and dated this ______ Day of ___________________ ______