Jackson County Commissioner on Exhuming Bodies at Dozier

Days after the Governor and The Cabinet agreed to move forward with allowing bodies to be exhumed at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Jackson County officials are speaking out against the decision.

County Commissioner Jeremy Branch says the decision to exhume bodies is literally and figuratively digging up a past people in the county is trying to move forward.

Branch adds some of the things that happened at the school were as long as a century ago.

”We know bad things happened 100 years ago, everywhere in this country and we know some of it happened in our home. But, we’d like for those things to remain in a part of the past, we’re more interested in moving forward,” said Commissioner Jeremy Branch.

Branch says the county is optimistic positive changes will happen after the bodies are exhumed, including the possible sale of the property.