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Remembrance Ceremony for Sugar Land 95

Remembrance Ceremony for Sugar Land 95


YEAR AT THE SITE OF FORT BEND’S
ISD CAREER CENTER. ISD CAREER CENTER.
>>THE DISTRICT, THE COUNTY, AND>>THE DISTRICT, THE COUNTY, AND
COMMUNITY COMING TO THE FOR A COMMUNITY COMING TO THE FOR A
CEREMONY IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE CEREMONY IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE
95 INDIVIDUALS. 95 INDIVIDUALS.
OLES CHANNEL 2’S BILL BAR — OLES CHANNEL 2’S BILL BAR —
CHANNEL 2’S BILL BARAJAS JOINS CHANNEL 2’S BILL BARAJAS JOINS
US. US.
>>Reporter: TONIGHT’S CEREMONY>>Reporter: TONIGHT’S CEREMONY
WAS MEANT TO HONOR AND REMEMBER WAS MEANT TO HONOR AND REMEMBER
THE SUGAR LAND 95 BUT IT WASN’T THE SUGAR LAND 95 BUT IT WASN’T
WITHOUT CONTROVERSY. WITHOUT CONTROVERSY.
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
>>Reporter: IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL>>Reporter: IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL
NIGHT. NIGHT.
THOSE IN ATTENDANCE MOVED BY THOSE IN ATTENDANCE MOVED BY
SONG, THEN GATHERING IN SILENCE. SONG, THEN GATHERING IN SILENCE.
[BELL RINGING] [BELL RINGING]
>>Reporter: TO PAY TRIBUTE TO>>Reporter: TO PAY TRIBUTE TO
THE SUGAR LAND 95. THE SUGAR LAND 95.
>>WE WANT TO HONOR THEM.>>WE WANT TO HONOR THEM.
WE WANT TO PAY THEM RESPECT. WE WANT TO PAY THEM RESPECT.
AND WE WANT TO MATCH THEM WITH AND WE WANT TO MATCH THEM WITH
ANY DESCENDENTS WHO MAY BE ANY DESCENDENTS WHO MAY BE
IDENTIFIED. IDENTIFIED.
>>Reporter: IT WAS ABOUT>>Reporter: IT WAS ABOUT
REMEMBERING THE 95 INDIVIDUALS REMEMBERING THE 95 INDIVIDUALS
BELIEVED TO BE INCARCERATED BELIEVED TO BE INCARCERATED
AFRICAN-AMERICANS. AFRICAN-AMERICANS.
THE REMAINS WERE DISCOVERED IN THE REMAINS WERE DISCOVERED IN
AN ABANDONED AND UNMARKED AN ABANDONED AND UNMARKED
CEMETERY IN FEBRUARY OF CEMETERY IN FEBRUARY OF
FORT BEND ISD SUPERINTENDENT FORT BEND ISD SUPERINTENDENT
SAYS THE DECISION TO REBURY THEM SAYS THE DECISION TO REBURY THEM
WAS A TOUGH ONE BUT MADE OUT OF WAS A TOUGH ONE BUT MADE OUT OF
RESPECT. RESPECT.
>>THERE ARE SOME MEMBERS OF OUR>>THERE ARE SOME MEMBERS OF OUR
COMMUNITY WHO HAVE ASKED US TO COMMUNITY WHO HAVE ASKED US TO
NOT REINNER THE BODIES UNTIL DNA NOT REINNER THE BODIES UNTIL DNA
TESTING WAS DONE AND FAMILIES TESTING WAS DONE AND FAMILIES
HAD A CHANCE TO IDENTIFY IF THEY HAD A CHANCE TO IDENTIFY IF THEY
HAD ANYONE BURIED HERE. HAD ANYONE BURIED HERE.
BUT AS I MENTIONED, THAT PROCESS BUT AS I MENTIONED, THAT PROCESS
IS A TWO- TO 3- TO FOUR-YEAR IS A TWO- TO 3- TO FOUR-YEAR
PROCESS AND WE DID NOT FEEL IT PROCESS AND WE DID NOT FEEL IT
WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO LEAVE WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO LEAVE
THESE INDIVIDUALS OUT OF THE THESE INDIVIDUALS OUT OF THE
GROUND IN A STORM UNIT FOR GROUND IN A STORM UNIT FOR
THAT — STORAGE UNIT FOR THAT THAT — STORAGE UNIT FOR THAT
LENGTH OF TIME. LENGTH OF TIME.
>>Reporter: THE DISTRICT’S>>Reporter: THE DISTRICT’S
HANDLING OF THE REMAINS HAS BEEN HANDLING OF THE REMAINS HAS BEEN
CONTROVERSIAL. CONTROVERSIAL.
TONIGHT WAS NO DIFFERENT. TONIGHT WAS NO DIFFERENT.
>>BUILD A SCHOOL ON SACRED>>BUILD A SCHOOL ON SACRED
GROUND. GROUND.
>>Reporter: MEMBERS WERE>>Reporter: MEMBERS WERE
INITIALLY PROTESTING OUTSIDE BUT INITIALLY PROTESTING OUTSIDE BUT
MOVED INSIDE ONCE THE CEREMONY MOVED INSIDE ONCE THE CEREMONY
STARTED. STARTED.
AT ONE POINT EVEN DEMANDING AT ONE POINT EVEN DEMANDING
CHANGE. CHANGE.
>>[INAUDIBLE]>>[INAUDIBLE]
>>Reporter: AT THE>>Reporter: AT THE
SUPERINTENDENT POSITION. SUPERINTENDENT POSITION.
>>RIGHT THING TO DO IS TO FIND>>RIGHT THING TO DO IS TO FIND
OUT THE NAMES OF THE REMAINS OUT THE NAMES OF THE REMAINS
THAT THEY UNEARTH. THAT THEY UNEARTH.
>>Reporter: MANY OF THEM ASKING>>Reporter: MANY OF THEM ASKING
FOR DNA TESTING, A REQUEST THE FOR DNA TESTING, A REQUEST THE
PRIEST SAYS WILL BE DONE. PRIEST SAYS WILL BE DONE.
>>THE MATERIALS NECESSARY HAVE>>THE MATERIALS NECESSARY HAVE
BEEN EXTRACTED FROM EACH OF THE BEEN EXTRACTED FROM EACH OF THE
REMAINS. REMAINS.
AND THEY’RE IN STORAGE NOW IN AND THEY’RE IN STORAGE NOW IN
AUSTIN UNDER THE CARE OF THE AUSTIN UNDER THE CARE OF THE
STATE HISTORICAL COMMISSION. STATE HISTORICAL COMMISSION.
>>Reporter: AND THE PRIEST SAYS>>Reporter: AND THE PRIEST SAYS
THAT DNA TESTING WILL BE DONE BY THAT DNA TESTING WILL BE DONE BY
THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT. THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT.
THEY ARE CURRENTLY TRYING TO THEY ARE CURRENTLY TRYING TO
SECURE FUNDING, THAT COULD COST SECURE FUNDING, THAT COULD COST
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.
LIVE IN SUGAR LAND,

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