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Our Vision

The Convict Leasing and Labor Project aims to lead a national conversation on the history and impact of forced labor, including chattel slavery, convict leasing, and the modern crisis of mass incarceration. Our ultimate goal is to establish a permanent museum of slavery and convict leasing in Fort Bend County. 

In pursuit of this goal we plan to:

  • Partner with Fort Bend County,  the City of Sugar Land, and Fort Bend Independent School District to properly memorialize the convict lease prisoners whose graves were uncovered at a FBISD construction site in 2018

  • Identify the victims of convict leasing and their descendants to restore the dignity of those victimized by this heinous system.

  • Educate the public about the history of forced labor, including chattel slavery, convict leasing, and modern prison slavery.

  • Facilitate scholarship on convict leasing by serving as a foundational resource for researchers and academic institutions. 

  • Support prison reform activists and organizations dedicated to ending mass incarceration and modern prison slavery 

  • Pursue racial reconciliation and healing through social and financial reparations for the descendants of all victims of forced labor.