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Our Founder

Reginald Moore

Mr. Moore is an historian with a certification in Community Economic Development from the College of Biblical Studies. He is also a community activist and has a particular interest in prison reform and prison re-entry. Mr. Moore has worked for decades to gain recognition for the past abuses associated with Sugar Land's convict leasing system. He served as a correctional officer in the Texas Department of Corrections from 1985 to 1988. While working in the Beauford H. Jester I and III Units, a prison farm located in unincorporated Fort Bend County, Mr. Moore became interested in the history of the Flanagan House (the former warden's house) and then in the prison's Central Unit. Over time, this interest grew and became a major research area for Mr. Moore, who went on to found and chair the Texas Slave Descendants' Society (TSDS) in the early 2000's. He founded the Convict Leasing and Labor Project (CLLP) in 2018. His research materials are archived at the Woodson Research Center at Rice University.