Marker placed to honor 21 boys who died in 1959 fire at Arkansas lockup; racism killed them, professor says

Posted: April 22, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

People attend the unveiling Saturday of a bronze marker bearing the names of 21 boys killed in a 1959 fi re at the Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial School in Wrightsville.

Ground above the coffins that hold 14 black boys who burned to death while held at, in essence, a juvenile labor camp sat bare for 59 years. On Saturday, that wrong was righted.

History professor Brian Keith Mitchell tells the crowd Saturday that youths held at the Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial School were beaten and forced t...

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