Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Book Talk with Author of "A Home for Wayward Boys: The Early History of the Alabama Boys' Industrial School"

Book Talk with Author of "A Home for Wayward Boys: The Early History of the Alabama Boys' Industrial School"

The public is invited to a book talk by Jerry Armor, author of A Home for Wayward Boys: The Early History of the Alabama Boys’ Industrial School, on Thursday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. A special introduction will be given by Dr. Wayne Flynt, Auburn University Professor Emeritus of History, who wrote the forward to the book.

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 residential school for them. A Home for Wayward Boys recounts how Johnston, with the support of women across the state, persuaded the legislature to establish the Alabama Boys’ Industrial School in 1900. A Home for Wayward Boys is the inspiring story of the school, its leaders, and the boys who lived there.

Jerry Armor served seven years as a juvenile probation officer, two years as the psychologist in one of the state’s prisons, and taught 30 years at Calhoun Community College and Athens State University. Today, he directs the Lawrence County Children’s Policy Council and teaches part-time.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and Auburn University Libraries. For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit www.auburn.edu/cah.  

 

 

Last Updated: March 02, 2015