Legislation Related to Sugar Land 95 Clears Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature

FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend news) - On Thursday, Oct. 3, a three-judge panel of the Houston Court of Appeals issued an opinion validating Fort Bend ISD’s legal actions regarding the Sugar Land 95. 

The district is moving forward with its plan to reinter the remains of the 95 individuals discovered during the construction of the James Reese Career and Technical Center. It has contracted with a local funeral home to procure appropriate burial vessels and is planning a community-based memorial to honor and memorialize the Sugar Land 95. The remains will be reinterred to the same locations they were discovered.

“We are grateful for the opinion of the appellate court that supports the actions taken by Fort Bend ISD,” said FBISD Board President Jason Burdine. “We look forward to memorializing and honoring the Sugar Land 95 with our community, and our continued work to ensure their lives are not forgotten. Crossing this hurdle now allows us to move forward to finalizing our ongoing negotiations with the county regarding the future conveyance of the land.”

Fort Bend ISD will share more information about reinterment and the pending memorial service once plans are finalized.

In May of 2019, the FBISD Board of Trustees adopted a local social studies standard related to the state-sanctioned convict-leasing system and the local history associated with the Sugar Land 95. This standard was incorporated into the curriculum at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

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