The Sugar Land 95 and the historic cemetery discovered at the construction site of the James Reese Career & Technical Center

  • Artifacts found at the construction site of the James Reese Career & Technical Center

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    Construction of Fort Bend ISD’s new James Reese Career and Technical Center unearthed a forgotten piece of Sugar Land’s past: a historic cemetery where 95 individuals were buried, likely part of a convict-leasing program that began in the late 1800s.  


    In February 2018, crews discovered the first human remains while backfilling a trench. That led to the discovery of more burial sites, and ultimately, the remains of 95 individuals in the months that followed.  


    Following an extensive exhumation process and further analysis, archeologists determined that the individuals buried at the property are likely convicts who were leased by the State to provide convict labor to a local plantation, following the national abolition of slavery.


    As Fort Bend ISD prepares to lay the Sugar Land 95 to rest, it remains committed to ensuring that these individuals are treated with dignity and respect, and that future generations will learn about this important piece of our local, state and national history.

The Discovery of the Sugar Land 95

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Q & A

  • Will the remains of the Sugar Land 95 undergo genetic testing?

  • The media mentions legislative action taken that would allow the County to operate the cemetery, what steps were taken after that action?

  • When did Fort Bend ISD purchase the 65 acre site where the remains were discovered, and where studies done on the site at time of purchase?

  • How and when did Fort Bend ISD locate human remains at the James Reese Career and Technical Center?

  • What steps has the District taken to exhume the remains and ensure they are respectfully treated?

  • Are the remains those of former slaves?

  • How will Fort Bend ISD memorialize these individuals and teach future generations about this piece of forgotten history?

  • Has construction of the James Reese Career and Technical Center been halted?