In 1957, Johnny Lee Gaddy watched African American children being actually fed to the hogs on the campus of the infamous Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in the Florida Panhandle, according to peonage researcher Dr. Antoinette Harrell.
In addition, a 1923 article in the New York Times Magazine revealed that Black babies were being used as alligator bait in Chipley, Florida. To remember this horrible, dark activity, photographs, postcards, and other mementos were sold.
The first documented entrance of Africans brought to America as indentured servants were exactly 400 years in August 2019. In the United States, children have been subjected to cruelties such as sex slavery, forced child labor, physical torture, and, in some cases, human cannibalism. These atrocities are a large element of human trafficking, where wealthy people buy body organs and other body parts. Until we address this horrible past, crimes, abuse, and modern-day slavery will continue to afflict America like incurable cancer.
Dr. Antoinette Harrell felt she’d heard the worst of the worst, but there was still more to learn. Most people didn’t want to talk about what they had encountered or repeat the unpleasant events related to them by their family members, according to Harrell. Nobody likes to go to places that cause them pain. Having these grievous injustices resurface might transport them back to a time, place, and period in their lives that they would rather forget.
During slavery, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow, many tragic incidents occurred that continue to this day. Dr. Antoinette Harrell, a peonage researcher, told Johnny Lee Gaddy a story that will make your stomach turn. At the infamous Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in the Florida Panhandle, Johnny saw a child’s hand in the hog pen. During a radio appearance, Gaddy told Harrell that he witnessed a child’s dismembered hand in the fire pit while bringing trash to be burned. Gaddy recognized it as a piece of one of the lads’ body. After discussing what he witnessed with one of the boys, he was warned that if he wanted to stay alive, he should never tell anyone what he saw. Gaddy claims the lads were being cooked and fed to the hogs.
Gaddy informed Harrell that he cut logs, raised livestock, and farmed the land like a slave. He worked in the marsh with alligators and snakes of various sizes. Boys younger than Gaddy had to put in a lot of effort at Dozier. At the state-run school, Gaddy said his life was a living horror. The state of Florida ran a reform school in the panhandle town of Marianna from January 1, 1900, through June 30, 2011.
Harrell was not surprised by this. In the 1960s, she had met a family that had been imprisoned in the peonage system in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Cain Wall, Sr., then 107 years old, informed Harrell about his family’s history. He remembered a man riding a horse around the neighborhood picking up black babies, cutting them up, and using them as fish bait. “I saw the blood trickling from his bag on the side of his horse,” Wall explained. When they heard he was coming, everyone grabbed their children. “He was a cruel and horrible man,” Walls added.
Some allege that in the marshes of Louisiana and Florida, white folks used black babies as alligator bait. During the slave era, they used babies to lure huge alligators with human meat and blood. They abducted the children, skinned them alive, and dumped them in the marsh. An article in the Times Magazine in 1923 stated that black babies were being used as alligator bait in Chipley, Florida. The Washington Times reported on June 3, 1908, that a zookeeper at the New York Zoological Garden used pickaninnies to lure alligators. To remember this horrible, dark activity, photographs, postcards, and other mementos were sold.
Intern researchers Deangelo and Kirk Manuel recently traveled to Shubuta, Mississippi, to study six lynchings. The Manuels learned about the lynching of four young black individuals at the Hanging Bridge in 1918. Major, 20, and Andrew Clark, 16, were brothers, and Alma, 16, and Maggie Howze, 20, were sisters. Alma was due in two weeks and Maggie was six months pregnant. The dentist who employed both of the young women was responsible for the pregnancy. Major enlisted in the WWI draft on September 9, 1918, and was lynched in December of the same year. In 1942, Ernest Greene and Charles Lang were lynched in the same Mississippi town. “Those two young boys’ lives were cut short, and no one knows what the future held for them.” We’ll never know what kind of impact they made on the globe,” Deangelo remarked.
Dr. Everette Lavega Johnston, a married white dentist where the four young people worked, was allegedly murdered by Andrew and Major. Major and Andrew were laboring on the farm to help their father, Eddie Clark, Sr., pay off a debt. Eddie and Charity Clarke have eight children, Major and Andrew being two of them. All four were subjected to excruciating torture. They were all hurled from the bridge when Maggie was hit in the face with a wrench. Some witnesses said that the unborn baby could be seen moving in Alma’s womb when the victims were buried the next day.
Harrell and her interns are also looking into a case of missing boys in Mississippi’s Smith and Simpson counties in 1900. W.T. Ware and his sons, as well as his son-in-law, Turner, lived near what was known as Sullivan’s Hollow. The Wares were accused of kidnapping little black boys and selling them in the Mississippi Delta. One of the Wares was a doctor, and he was in charge of getting rid of the Delta kids. The Wares were charged with kidnapping and concealing a boy at Turner’s home in Simpson County until they could move him to the Delta. In 1900, the Attorney General received a report.
A young black kid named Young Trammell was taken from the Alabama line and transported into Georgia, where he was forced to work off a debt, according to a report filed in Montgomery, Alabama. The boy’s father told the reporter that he would not be able to reclaim his son until he paid Benford the money he claimed he owed, as well as the supposed court expenses.
Because these stories are rarely taught in schools, many people have never heard them. Monteral Harrell, a Grambling State University alumna, is well aware of this reality. “In the public school system, pupils are given a limited amount of information regarding what transpired during slavery and the Civil Rights Era. Year after year, children are given the same material about black history. Although historically black colleges and universities excel in teaching black history, additional classes that teach students how to properly research their history are needed, according to Harrell.
Johnny Lee Gaddy is one of several stories that require further investigation. In 1957, Johnny Lee Gaddy was kidnapped from his mother in Clearwater, Florida, and transported to the Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in Marianna, Florida, without any legal representation or due process. He was eventually released to his mother after serving his sentence. Harrell’s team includes photographers, videographers, and screenwriters who are committed to supporting Harrell in bringing these stories to light.
Visit http://peonagedetective.com/ to learn more about Dr. Antoinette Harrell, or follow her on Facebook at @harrellantoinette.
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