After holding a controversial memorial for the Sugar Land 95 on Sunday, Fort Bend ISD plans to hold a community symposium about the history and discovery of the remains of the 95 state prisoners on Thursday.
The event will take place at the James Reese Career and Technical Center in Sugar Land, near the same location where the remains were discovered almost two years ago, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
During the symposium, the community will have the opportunity to learn more about the abandoned Bullhead Camp Cemetery discovered at the FBISD construction site, from the first remains to the exhumation and analysis, to the genealogical and genetic research currently underway.
Participating in the presentations will be archaeologists, historians, and geneticists from the project team, including Reign Clark, archeological project manager, and Dr. Catrina Banks Whitley, project bioarcheologist.
This event is free and open to the public.
This comes after the district held a “Blessing the Ground” ceremony on Sunday night in rememberance of the Sugar Land 95, including a candlelight vigil.
But there were protesters both outside and inside the event. Also, several community leaders skipped the event.
U.S. Rep Al Green said he would not attend Sunday’s ceremony after FBISD announced it would begin the reburial of the remains before reaching an agreement with Fort Bend County’s government, calling it “greatly disappointing.”
“Their actions reflect a deliberate disregard for the work so many have done to not only pay tribute to the Sugar Land 95, but also to restore community faith during this turbulent process,” Green said in a statement.