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.
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.
- What are the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Sugar Land and the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD)?
- Why is the City entering into an MOU with FBISD?
- How long before an Interlocal Agreement is secured, and what is involved?
- Where is the Old Imperial Prison Farm Cemetery located?
- Imperial Farm Cemetery
- Exhibit on the State of Texas Convict Leasing
- City of Sugar Land History
- Sugar Land Heritage Foundation
- Fort Bend County Historical Commission
- Penology for Profit: A History of the Texas Prison System, 1867 – 1912 by Donald R. Walker
- Slavery by Another Name by Douglas Blackmon
- Slavery By Another Name (PBS Documentary)
- Task Force Votes for DNA Request to State [Sept. 10, 2018]
- Cemetery Task Force to Provide Recommendation on Interment, Memorialization [Aug. 27,2018]
- Sugar Land Facilitates Coordinated Effort to Honor Historical Remains [Aug. 7, 2018]
Cemetery Task Force MeetingsThe 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.
Meetings of the Cemetery Task Force are open to the public. Discussion is reserved for task force members only.
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Fort Bend Independent School District
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City of Sugar Land
1st Assistant City Manager