This month our book club pick is Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. We will discuss the book in person at Arden Dimick Library at 10:30AM on Saturday, Feb 22, 2020.
Nickel Boys is a composite of true stories about a very real place: Florida’s Dozier School for Boys. Here are some links to info about Dozier.
This report on NPR’s All Things Considered includes an interview with a boy who was hitchhiking and was sent to Dozier when the the driver who had picked him up turned out to be driving a stolen car.
CBS has a collection of historic photographs.
Smithsonian Magazine has an article with history and more links.
The following video contains a story about and tour of the facility and grounds:
Meanwhile, ust a short drive from Sacramento is Preston Castle, also known as Preston School of Industry, which has it’s own past history of abuse and trauma, as detailed in SacBee.com.