Feb 15, 2023
Barbara Crump Jones
The dark history of the "Sugar Land 95"

Barbara Crump Jones is a local historian who, along with Reginal Moore, was convinced Sugar Land’s soil hid a dark secret underneath a stretch of suburbia that resembles so much of the modern American landscape.

In February 2019, construction crews working for FBISD uncovered human remains in what proved to be an unmarked burial ground for 95 people.  They are thought to be African American prisoners aged 14 to 70 forced into backbreaking work on sugar plantations in a post-civil war system known as convict leasing that has been described as the continuation of slavery.

This discovery is referred to as the “Sugar Land 95”.