Honoring, Preserving, and Memorializing History

Sugar Land City Council approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Fort Bend Independent School District for the future relocation of bodies found buried on Fort Bend ISD's property, to the city’s Old Imperial Prison Farm Cemetery. The city was informed of this discovery on February 19, 2018.

Honoring and Preserving

The City recognizes the historical significance of this discovery and the importance of honoring and preserving these individuals with the utmost dignity, and memorializing the area’s history for future generations.

Sugar Land is working with the Texas Historical Commission and the Fort Bend Historical Commission to ensure their future relocation to the city’s cemetery occurs under their guidance and direction.

In addition, city leaders organized a meeting with representatives of the Texas Slave Descendants Society - a group now called the Convict Leasing and Labor Project - and local activist Reginald Moore, to discuss preliminary relocation plans and conceptual ideas for enhancing and memorializing the cemetery.

Future Plans

Under the terms of the agreement with the Fort Bend Independent School District, the city will be responsible for:

  • costs of designing the layout and location of the interment for grave plots for each individual uncovered;
  • the procurement and placement of permanent markers for each grave plot;
  • the maintenance of the cemetery; and,
  • future park development to include walking paths, interpretive historical information and parking.

This website will be updated as the process moves forward.

More 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

Imperial Farm Cemetery

Cemetery Task Force Meetings

The task force was appointed to provide a recommendation on the interment, memorialization and ceremonial funeral details of the historical remains.
The first meeting of the Cemetery Task Force took place on September 5, 2018.

Upcoming Meetings

Meetings of the Cemetery Task Force are open to the public. Discussion is reserved for task force members only.

September 19 T. E. Harman Center
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Have Additional Questions?

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

City of Sugar Land
Steve Griffith
1st Assistant City Manager
[sgriffith@sugarlandtx.gov]