Updated: 5 days ago
Fort Bend ISD is committed to honoring the 95 individuals discovered in 2018 during the construction of the James Reese Career and Technical Center. We seek to restore dignity to the 94 men and one presumed woman, who were victims of the state-sanctioned convict leasing system as we educate our students, staff and community. In this issue, you will find an overview of the latest actions and updates of our ongoing work to honor the Sugar Land 95.
An official update on the final design of the historic cemetery produced by MASS Design Group was presented in September 2023. Please visit www.fortbendisd.com/sugarland95 to view the renderings for the outdoor plaza and cemetery.
The Sugar Land 95 Memorialization Project acknowledges the newly incorporated nonprofit organization "The Friends of the Sugar Land 9". The groups mission includes the goal of partnering with FBISD in fundraising for the construction of the Sugar Land 95 memorial site and for the stewardship of community investment for the perpetual care of the site. The organization will also advocate for the respectful memorialization of the victims of forced labor, as well as educate all generations about the impact of the system of convict leasing. As a membership based organization, the Friends of the Sugar Land 95 invites others to be a part of this dedicated organization. Visit www.sugarland95.com for more information on how to become a member.
Sugar Land 95 Exhibit and cemetery tours take place on selected days each month. During the holiday season, tours are hosted by appointment only.
Please visit www.fortbendisd.com/sugarland95 to view the upcoming winter schedule and other information related to public tours.
Group or family tours are available by contacting SugarLand95@fortbendisd.com