The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. The Nickel Boys, his follow up book, won Colson a second Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2020. He brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. The book was named one of Time Magazine’s 10 best fiction books of the decade.
Th story is set at a time when the civil rights movement was spurring change, but progress was slow and certainly didn’t infiltrate the book’s fictional Nickel Academy where much of the story takes place. The Nickel Academy, a segregated reform school for boys, is based on the true story of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida.
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Hear first hand accounts from former White House Boys. A1 talks with Charlie Fudge a former inmate at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, reporter Ben Montgomery and author Colson Whitehead about the Dozier School, the real-life basis for Whitehead’s latest novel.Play
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s new novel, inspired by the atrocities committed at Florida’s Dozier School for Boys, lays bare America’s history of state-sanctioned violence. In conversation article by Yahdon Isreal for Vanity Fair July 2019.Read Article
Learn more about the Jim Crow system from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.Read Article
Evidence of an additional 27 ‘possible’ graves discovered at the site of Dozier School for Boys confirms that the final chapters of a dark episode have yet to be written. By Richard Luscombe for The Guardian.Read Article