The Sugar Land 95 National Convict Leasing Museum and Reginald Moore Educational Center will be located in Sugar Land, Texas.
A major vision of S.O.J.E.S. and other community and governmental entities, the museum is designed to largely display the history of slavery and racism in Fort Bend County before and after the Emancipation Proclamation in the form of convict leasing. The museum will house exhibits as part of what S.O.J.E.S. calls “The Sugar Land 95 Experience.”
Designed by MASS Design Group (massdesigngroup.org), the museum will open in 2025 or 2026, and will be managed by S.O.J.E.S. Construction of the museum and the renovation of the Old Imperial Cemetery will be funded through private and charitable donations and grants.
Exhibits in the proposed museum will include oral histories, archival materials and interactive technology. The museum will lead visitors on a journey from early Texas history, including from the “Old 300” families and their 3,000 slaves, the Mexican War of 1836, the extinction of the Karankawa natives, through racial oppression from slavery, to the Reconstruction/post-Reconstruction period, with a significant spotlight on convict leasing, and other local Black history events and contemporary issues.
The museum and educational center, named in honor of historian and activist Reginald Moore, will employ state-of-the-art technology to dramatize the horror and terror of enslavement, plantation life, and legalized leasing of Black men by the state of Texas under the convict leasing system.
Visitors will hear, see, and be in close proximity to slave replicas, examples of prison life, and what it was like to work in a sugar plantation under deplorable conditions.
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