Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children

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 May 29, 2023
it's hard to listen to and makes me sad and mad that this happened to so many black kids, but that makes listening to it more important.


In 1968, police arrested five Black girls dressed in oversized military fatigues in Montgomery. The girls were runaways, escaping from a state-run reform school called the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs, Alabama. The girls were determined to tell someone about the abuse they’d suffered there: physical and sexual violence, unlivable facilities, and grueling labor in the fields surrounding the school. It was, as several former students called it, a slave camp.

UNREFORMED is the story of how this reform school derailed the lives of thousands of Black children in Alabama for decades and what happened after those five girls found someone willing to blow the whistle. Host Josie Duffy Rice investigates the history of the school at the tail end of the Civil Rights movement in Alabama and speaks to former students who are still haunted by their experience but had the will to survive.

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Sep 29, 2023
Episode 8: Searching for Justice
Mar 08, 2023
Unreformed presents "5-4: Tanner v. United States."
Mar 07, 2023
Episode 7: The Aftermath
Mar 01, 2023
Episode 6: Scallawags and Carpetbaggers
Feb 21, 2023
Episode 5: When Mary Met Denny
Feb 15, 2023
Episode 4: The Runaways
Feb 08, 2023
Episode 3: Cornelia's Dream
Feb 01, 2023
Episode 2: The Arrival
Jan 25, 2023
Episode 1: The Lucky Ones
Jan 18, 2023
Introducing: Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children
Jan 09, 2023