A Home for Wayward Boys: the Early History of the Alabama Boys' Industrial School
Jerry C. Armor
Director, Lawrence County Children's Policy Council
Professor and Author
Live at the Library Friday, April 17, 2015
Presentation 6:30 p.m. — Main Reading Room
Evening Reception 6:00 p.m.
Full Presentation 6:30 p.m. — Main Reading Room
Open to the public and Convo credit available Please join us for refreshments and hors d'oevres at 6 p.m.
The University Library invites you to attend a presentation by Jerry C. Armor.
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.
Jerry Armor served seven years as a juvenile probation officer, two years as a 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. He has written extensively for both academic and general interest publications.