Honoring, Preserving, and Memorializing History

Statement on Memorializing Sugar Land 95

Monday, March 11, 2019
The city of Sugar Land is partnering with Fort Bend ISD and Fort Bend County to support legislative efforts to find a legal way to allow the county to operate a cemetery on land currently owned by the school district, reinter remains on the site and memorialize 95 people lost to history. The disposition of the remains is the legal responsibility of the school district, and they have decided to reinter the remains where they were found if legally possible. Sugar Land City Council previously approved an agreement that would have allowed the remains to be reinterred to a nearby historic prison cemetery owned and maintained by the city had FBISD chosen to do so.

State legislation was recently filed to allow Fort Bend County to operate a cemetery. Read more at https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/108153.

Sugar Land recognizes the importance of this historic discovery and is committed to working with the school district and collaborating with community leaders to assist in the process as requested and appropriate.

The city is proud to be one of the most diverse communities in the nation and this diversity is what makes Sugar Land such a great place to live, raise a family, work and play. This historic discovery is an important one for the community – for its ability to help us recognize and acknowledge the past in a way that honors families and our community values of today. Sugar Land is dedicated to working with others to ensure that these souls are memorialized in a manner that will make everyone in Sugar Land proud of how everyone expresses current-day values and respect for others.

For more information contact Fort Bend ISD’s Chief Communications Officer Veronica Sopher at Veronica.Sopher@FortBendISD.com.

The Old Imperial Farm Cemetery

Additional Resources

Books

  • Penology for Profit: A History of the Texas Prison System, 1867 – 1912 by Donald R. Walker
  • Slavery by Another Name by Douglas Blackmon 

Video

Have Additional Questions?

Fort Bend Independent School District
Veronica Sopher
Chief Communications Officer
[Veronica.Sopher@fortbendisd.com]

City of Sugar Land
Doug Brinkley
Assistant City Manager
[dbrinkley@sugarlandtx.gov]