A Home for Wayward Boys: The Early History of the Alabama Boys' Industrial School

A Home for Wayward Boys: The Early History of the Alabama Boys' Industrial School

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When reformer Elizabeth Johnston walked among the convicts in an Alabama prison mining camp, she was stunned to see teenage boys working alongside hardened criminals. She vowed to remove youngsters from such wretched conditions by establishing a home for wayward boys. With the support of women across the state, she persuaded the legislature to establish the Alabama Boys' Industrial School in 1900. After several difficult years, Johnston and her all-female board hired… (more)