sugar land not so sweet [Encore] – Houston Public Media

sugar land not so sweet [Encore] – Houston Public Media

condemn the rental, a horrible practice that began in 1867, was very profitable for Southern states and for families who owned plantations. This was a time when Sugar Land, Texas was known to be home to a network of state-sanctioned sugar cane farms and labor camps after the abolition of slavery. It was also not uncommon for black men to be arrested on charges that were often false or fabricated, so that plantation owners could build up a strong workforce of hired workers. But in February 2018, at a construction site during excavations, human bones were discovered. Later, an investigation resulted in 95 African American bodies buried in unmarked plywood coffins, ushering in the nation’s first-ever convict labor camp cemetery to be analyzed and studied. Join us as I SEE YOU take a “FEEL” trip to Fort Bend County and explore a newly opened educational exhibit titled “Sugar Country 95.” Community and Civic Engagement Coordinator, Chassidy Olainu-Aladeguides welcome Eddie Robinson on a tour of the memorial site and provide fascinating and emotional details about another piece of hidden history that social studies textbooks across America have failed to include.

Rachel J. Bradford