Sugar Land, TX - Sugar Land City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday supporting proposed legislation that would allow Fort Bend County to own and maintain an historic cemetery.
The Texas Legislature is now considering House Bill 4179, a bill that would allow Fort Bend County to provide perpetual care for the remains of 95 people buried on property owned by Fort Bend ISD.
The school district informed the city that human remains were found on a school construction site during February 2018. It was later determined that the bodies were former prisoners who were part of the state of Texas’ convict leasing program.
Events that occurred after the discovery follow:
“We’re looking forward to partnering with Fort Bend County, the school district and the community to support efforts to honor the memory of these 95 people,” said Assistant City Manager Doug Brinkley. “We also remain committed to working with Fort Bend ISD and the community to build on educational and historic preservation efforts implemented by the city in the past. Ensuring this part of our history is never forgotten is much larger than our community; it’s the story of our state and nation. We’ve started the process with past efforts, but we think there’s an opportunity to do more.”
For more information about the city’s supporting role in Fort Bend ISD’s efforts to reinter people found buried at a school construction site, resources on the state’s convict lease program and the city’s historical preservation efforts, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/ConvictLeaseMemorial, www.sugarlandtx.gov/ImperialFarmCemetery and www.sugarlandtx.gov/history.