By Defender News Service
There was a significant new development in the historic case of the Sugar Land 95.
At a news conference Monday, Fort Bend County and school district officials celebrating a new law that allows the county to operate and maintain a cemetery.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed the law last week. Sixteen months ago, while the Forts Bend ISD was building a new technology center, backhoe operators unearthed human remains.
Eventually, 95 sets of bones were discovered the century-old unmarked cemetery.
It’s believed the remains belonged to black prisoners – among them former slaves – who were forced to do hard labor for plantations and railroad companies, so the state could make a profit.
The county and school district are now making plans to reinter the remains, exactly where they were found.