The Oral History Project


In 2019, the City of Sugar Land collaborated with community partners to create an outdoor and online exhibition celebrating its history and people. The project featured oral histories and fine art portraits taken by regional artist Karen Navarro. 

This project adds to Sugar Land’s historical archive and celebrates those with compelling connection to the early history- and modern history of Sugar Land. The 30 participants have a particularly compelling connection to Sugar Land—perhaps they are a community leader, business leader, civic leader, long-standing resident or have a unique perspective of the history of the City.

The City is grateful to the Fort Bend Historical Commission, the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation for their partnership, and the National Endowment for the Arts for their generous grant funding. Additional funding for the fiscal year 2019 Public Art Program originated from restricted revenue sources promoting economic development and tourism that cannot be used to support the general operations of the city funded by property taxes.

The outdoor exhibition remained in Sugar Land Town Square through early January 2020.

The City of Sugar Land does not endorse these individuals and private pursuits nor affiliations. Participants were recommended by the Fort Bend County Historical Commission, the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and other community partners with the goal of acquiring a dynamic and diverse cross-section of the Sugar Land community both historic and modern.

Afshi Charania Afshi-Charania Opens in new window

Principal, Oil Products Distribution

Bill LittleWilliam-Little Opens in new window

Former Mayor, Sugar Land

Billy StritchBilly-Stritch

Composer, Musical Director, Performer

Allen BogardAllen-Bogard

City Manager, City of Sugar Land

Andrew Buddy BlairAndrew-buddy-Blair Opens in new window

Resident (since 1929)

Carlos TarverCarlos-Tarver Opens in new window

Resident, 1953 Graduate of Sugar Land High School

Cee Cee & David ParkerDavid-Ceecee-Parker Opens in new window

Owners, Hidden Territory Farm

Charles DupreCharles-Dupre Opens in new window

Superintendent, Fort Bend ISD

Charles LiuCharles-Lui Opens in new window

Artist & Curator

Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniChitra-Banerjee-Divakaruni Opens in new window

Author, Poet, Educator

Clarence McLemoreClarence-Mclemore Opens in new window

Long-time Resident, Graduate of M.R. Wood High School

D.C PickettD.C Pickett Opens in new window

Long-time Resident, Mail Carrier

Earnest TaylorEarnest-Taylor Opens in new window

Resident, Former Chief of Police

Gary BeckerGary-Becker Opens in new window

President, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

Gene ReedGene-Reed- Opens in new window

CEO, E.E. Reed Construction

George Morales, Jr.George-Morales Opens in new window

Long-time Resident, 1963 Graduate of Dulles HS

Jean BabineauxJean-Babineaux Opens in new window

90-Year Resident

Kenneth HallKenneth-Hall Opens in new window

Retired Pro Football Player, High School Football's Sugar Land Express

Krishnan BalasubramanianKrishnan-Balasubramanian- Opens in new window

Former Vice President, Texas Instruments

Lupe Rodriguez Cavazos Lupe-Rodriguez-Cavazos Opens in new window

80-Year Resident

Rathna KumarRathna-Kumar Opens in new window

Founder, Anjali Center for Performing Arts

Rex VarnRex-Vam Opens in new window

Executive Vice President, Accredo Packaging

Roy Cordes, Jr.Roy-Cordes Opens in new window

County Attorney, Fort Bend County

Sally KellySally-Kelly Opens in new window

Resident, 1949 Graduate of Sugar Land High School

Shenila MominShenila-Momim Opens in new window


Sunil "Sunny" SharmaSunil-Sharma- Opens in new window

President & CEO, Sunbelt Medical

Terry WangTerry-Wang

Resident, Community Leader

Terry PuhlTerry-Puhl Opens in new window

Former Houston Astros Player, Financial Advisor

Tom WebbTom-Webb Opens in new window

Vice President, HCSS

Victor LitwinenkoVictor-Litwinenko Opens in new window

Co-Owner, Japaneiro's, Guru, Jupiter