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Up from the Grave

Up From The Grave

Arkansas' Deadliest Fire

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The Dorm's on Fire
Episode 1

The Dorm's on Fire

Go inside one of Arkansas’ deadliest fires, where 69 boys are battling to get out. What really happened the night of the fire?

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Wrightsville Fire Timeline

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March 5, 1959

Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial School Dorm burns down

March 6, 1959

Parents attempt to identify their sons remains

March 7, 9, 1959

2-day School Board Probe

March 10, 1959

Day of Mass Funeral and Burial of the 14 unidentified boys. School Board sends completed report to Governor Faubus.

March 25, 1959

Governor calls for Superintendent L.R. Gaines and others to be fired. Governor in possession of State Police and Fire Marshall report.

March 25, 1959

11 employees release statement in press, speaking out against the governor

April 2, 1959

Board votes to terminate Superintendent LR Gaines. Gaines and 10 other employees resign.

June 22, 23, 1959

Claims Commission Hearing

September 3, 1959

Disposition

March 4, 1960

Grand Jury releases report.

March 4, 2011

State Proclamation Signed declaring Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial School Fire Remembrance Day.

April 21, 2018

Bronze Marker with the name of all 21 victims is place on the mass grave of the 14-boys (59 years after the burial)

March 13, 2019

Arkansas State House of Representative passes HR1049

March 19, 2019

Resolution is read on the house floor

April 25, 2019

Plaque place on the Department of Corrections Wrightsville Unit, former home of the Negro Boys Industrial School

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Meet the Boys
Episode 2

Meet the Boys

Known in history as inmates of the Arkansas Negro Boys' Industrial School, but who are these boys? Take a journey into the lives of Amos Gyce, William Lloyd Piggee and Willie C. Horner.

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Inside the School and a Messy Funeral
Episode 3

Inside the School and a Messy Funeral

The school, the fire, the boys' burial happened, then quickly disappeared. New investigative reporting uncovers the secrets of an unknown school and a mass burial.

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The Two Sides of Segregated Arkansas
Episode 4

The Two Sides of Segregated Arkansas

One survivor takes us back to a racially divided Arkansas, while the investigation into fire shows a different side. Was there a cover-up?

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Not Yet Over
Episode 5

Not Yet Over

In 2019, during our reporting, suddenly there are new developments. After decades of not recognizing the boys or fire--- the state of Arkansas has a change of heart. What took them so long, and was it enough?

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Remembering The Boys

Lindsey Cross

age 15

Charles L. Thomas

age 15

Frank Barnes

age 15

R.D. Brown

age 16

Jessie Carpenter Jr.

age 16

Joe Crittenden

age 16

John Daniel

age 16

Amos Gyce

age 16

Willie C. Horner

age 16

Roy Chester Powell

age 16

Cecil Preston

age 17

Carl E. Thornton

age 15

Johnnie Tillison

age 16

Edward Tolston Jr.

age 15

Charles White

age 15

William Lloyd Piggee

age 13

O.T. Meadows

age 13

Henry Daniels

age 15

John Alfred George

age 15

Roy Hegwood

age 15

Willie Lee Williams

age 15

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Up from the Grave

Executive Producers for Up from the Grave were Janett Weaver and Tina Matherson. Additional production support was provided by April Hock, April Lanuza, Natalie Johnson, Meg Pearlstein, Greg Bowman, and Rick Sierra. Special Thanks to CNN Image and Sound department, Tyler Moody, Jim Murphy, and Shanique Clarke. Don Lemon is the host.

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