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.