The straight line from slavery to convict-leasing. "They all appeared to be muscularly built, many with the same misshapen bones that indicate repetitive wear—indicating hard labor. . . . They were estimated to be as young as 14 and as old as 70."
They were black Americans picked up for offenses like vagrancy, flirting with white women & petty theft. The state leased them to plantation owners. They worked in the fields til they “dropped dead in their tracks.” They were as young as 14 & as old as 70.
Slavery By Another Name: Archeologists unearth the bodies of black prisoners forced to labor on Texas sugar plantations..
“This is a completely rare site. It’s going to change how we think about Texas history and how we think about ourselves and how we built this state, how all of us built this state.”
This is sad and fascinating and sheds light on a dark era in American history: Bodies believed to be those of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Texas
95 graves were discovered at what used to be Imperial State Prison Farm in Sugar Land, Texas. The graves are believed to belong to African American prisoners, including former slaves. Archeologists estimate they were between ages 14 and 70 when they died.
Bodies believed to be those of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land after one man’s quest
Bodies believed to be those of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land after one man’s quest
Leadbelly’s music was so critical in keeping memory of this era alive while our popular history caught up with it. Hopefully these remains can now get a dignified burial and resting place. It’s the very least we can do.