Researchers tentatively identify 72 men believed to be buried at Sugar Land 95 site – Houston Chronicle – September 8, 2020

I saw this on the Houston Chronicle – Researchers tentatively identify 72 men believed to be buried at Sugar Land 95 site: Definitely worth a read as DNA is being used to try and identify those who were buried there.. It’s a long article, but here’s a sample.

William Nash, a cook from Georgia, was only 16 when he died working at a brutal convict work camp in Sugar Land.

Nash had been convicted in 1892 of property theft and sentenced to four years in prison. He died from brain congestion, which could’ve stemmed from a traumatic brain injury.


Nash and Powell are believed to be among the 95 African Americans whose remains were discovered in 2018 at a Fort Bend ISD construction site. As the community has debated the site’s future and how to honor those who perished, little has been known about those buried there except that they were likely part of Texas’ notorious convict-leasing system — until now.

This month, Fort Bend ISD released a 500-page report providing more information about the discovery and tentatively identifying 72 of those believed to be buried there.


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