FBI Needs To Investigate Unsolved Murder and Lynching of Claude Neal by KKK in Marianna Fl For Links to Dozier School For Boys. Were the prison guards at the Dozier School for Boys and the Marianna Police Chief in on the murder and lynching of Claude Neal in KKK held Marianna Fl, were they KKK. How did the KKK know that Claude Neal was being held for his 'own protection' in a Brewton Alabama jail 140 miles away from Marianna Fl, see map click here. Was the body of the murdered black male Claude Neal buried in 'Boot Hill' on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys? It has been told to me by a distant relative of the murdered black male Claude Neal that he had been at one time an inmate at the Dozier School for Boys. The Florida School for Boys, also known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys (AGDS), was a reform school operated by the state of Florida in the panhandle town of Marianna from January 1, 1900, to June 30, 2011.
Between 1865 and 1965 over 2400 African Americans were lynched in the United States. In Florida, when two black men attempted to vote in November 1920 in Ocoee, Orange County, the Klan attacked the black community. In the ensuing violence, six black residents and two whites were killed, and twenty five black homes, two churches, and a fraternal lodge were destroyed. During the Depression, the Klan continued to wither away — except in Florida, which had an estimated 30,000 members. Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa were the most powerful klaverns.
The nature of Klan influence in Florida communities, showing how it joined forces with politicians, religious institutions, and especially police departments, giving its crusades for “law and order” credibility. Even after its heyday of the 1920s, Klansmen in many communities continued to serve as poll watchers in contested elections, state investigators into racial crimes, key contributors and supporters of important politicians, and especially as regular and deputized members of police forces. As late as 1952, a Grand Dragon (state president) spoke to the Florida Sheriff’s Association where he received applause for condemning an assassinated civil rights worker as a troublemaker.
KKK activism increased as a reaction against the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Among the more notorious murders by Klan members in Florida is the torture and lynching of Claude Neal in Marianna Fl, they even promoted his murder in the local newspapers; ACTUAL NEWSPAPER NOTICE..NEGRO LYNCHING..Macon (Georgia) Telegraph, and in the Marianna Daily Times-Courier October 26, 1934. “Big Preparation Made for Lynching Tonight“.GREENWOOD, Fla., Oct. 26—Local citizens have been preparing all day for the lynching of a negro scheduled to take place here tonight. This morning a mob seized Claude Neal, 23, from a jail in Brewton, Ala., where he had been held in connection with the murder of white girl which took place here several days ago. At noon a “Committee of Six” representing the mob announced a timetable for the lynching which was given in newspapers and over the radio.
At sundown the negro will be taken to the farm two miles from here where Miss Lola Cannidy, the murder victim, lived. There he will be mutilated by the girl’s father. Then he will be brought to a pig-pen in the middle of a cotton field nearby, where the girl’s body was found, and killed.Finally his body will be brought to Marianna, the county seat, nine miles from here, and hung in the court house square for all to see. The negro is presently being held at an undisclosed location in a swamp along the Chattahoochee River, not far from the Cannidy farm. “All white folks are invited to the party,” said the announcement issued by the mob’s Committee of Six. (See notation of the “timetable” published in the Marianna Daily Times-Courier, before the murder of Claude Neal) As a result, thousands of citizens have been congregating all afternoon at the Cannidy farm. Bonfires have been started, piles of sharp sticks have prepared (FOR THE CHILDREN), knives have been sharpened and one woman has displayed a curry-comb with which she promises to torture the negro.
Claude Neal’s body was hung to a tree on the northeast corner of the Marianna Fl Courthouse square and left hanging for over 24 hours, how’s that for some good ole boy Marianna Fl history. While the Marianna Fl, (Claude Neal), lynching may have been the last “spectacle” lynching in the nation, many other lynchings of a less publicized nature would follow. In fact, Marianna would be the site of another lynching less than 10 years later. Neal’s lynching was followed by a race riot in the town of Marianna in which white rioters attempted to drive all blacks out of the city. What do you think was happening to the black boys for years at the Dozier School For Boys Concentration Camp in KKK held Marianna Fl, FBI needs to investigate.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com