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CONVICT LEASING

AND LABOR PROJECT

The mission of the Convict Leasing and Labor Project is to expose the history of the convict leasing system and its connection to modern prison slavery while restoring the dignity of all victims of forced labor and their descendants.

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WHO ARE THE

SUGAR LAND 95?

The first bone was found in February 2018, by a backhoe operator clawing through the dirt on land owned by the Fort Bend Independent School District. By the summer, the remains of 94 men and one woman, all African-Americans victims of convict leasing, had been recovered on the future site of a career and technical education center. Ranging in age from 14 to 70, the inmates had muscular builds but were malnourished, their bones misshapen from back-breaking, repetitive labor. They were buried in plain pine boxes sometime between 1878 and 1911. CLLP has been at the forefront of the fight to preserve the Sugar Land 95's burial ground and ensure they are properly memorialized.

NEWS

December 27, 2018

Discovery of African-American graves in Texas highlights 'moment of reckoning'

Monica Rhor / USA TODAY

January 9, 2019

‘Human lives were not of value’: African-American remains awaken history of convict-leasing system

Brooke A. Lewis / Houston Chronicle

March 7, 2019

Bones that revealed a Texas town's forgotten racial past deserve respect

Morgan Jerkins / The Guardian

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INVOLVED

Lots of people have no idea this is happening in their own backyard. Tell your friends, neighbors, community groups and churches. Let them know you support CLLP and its efforts to properly memorialize the Sugar Land 95. Get in touch with CLLP to learn more about our work and how you can get involved. We are seeking volunteers in all fronts!

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STORIES WITH US

Did you grow up hearing stories of convict leasing in Texas? Do you know or suspect that someone you know to be victims of convict leasing in the Sugar Land area? Share your stories with us. We are searching for the descendants of the Sugar Land 95.

 

The Convict Leasing and Labor Project is a 501-(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to expose the history of the convict leasing system and its connection to modern prison slavery while restoring the dignity of all victims of forced labor and their descendants.

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