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Up from the Grave

This is CNN's first ever original audio immersion 3-D podcast. Up from the Grave tells the story of one of the deadliest fires in Arkansas's history. That fire extinguished the lives of 21 boys-48 barely escaped-after being padlocked inside their dorm room at a reform school. 60 years later, through comprehensive reporting, bombshell interviews of experts, one survivor and three sisters who lost their brothers in the fire---CNN examines what happened that dreadful night, and in the days following reveal how the state handled the investigation.

Deadliest Fire... Best kept secret Up from the Grave
A controversial fire that extinguished the lives of 21-black boys, in segregation-era Arkansas. Who were these boys? How did this happen? The idea of brushing history under the rug is largely been Arkansas's past, says Dr. Brian Mitchell, History professor of UALR. Now 60 years later, how did one of the deadliest fires fly under the radar? From the funerals to the investigation to families seeking closure, CNN reveals the twists and turns of a story that's not yet over.
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Up from the Grave tells the story of one of the deadliest fires in Arkansas's history. That fire extinguished the lives of 21 boys-48 barely escaped-after being padlocked inside their dorm room at a reform school. The series premieres June 24, 2019.
Jun 17, 2019
The Dorm's on Fire Up from the Grave
Go inside one of Arkansas' deadliest fires, where 69 boys are battling to get out. What really happened the night of the fire?
Jun 24, 2019
Meet the Boys Up from the Grave
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.
Jun 25, 2019
Inside the School and a Messy Funeral Up from the Grave
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.
Jun 26, 2019
The Two Sides of Segregated Arkansas Up from the Grave
One survivor takes us back to a racially divided Arkansas, while the investigation into fire shows a different side. Was there a cover-up?
Jun 27, 2019
Not Yet Over Up from the Grave
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?
Jun 28, 2019