Convict Leasing: Worse than Slavery
June 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Museum Members: FREE, suggested $5 donation,
Non-members: $10 ticket
The recent discovery of the remains of 95 black inmates, including children, in Sugar Land—is a stark reminder of life in Texas after the Civil War. During this period, slavery evolved into a system where convicts were leased to private companies and often labored in horrific conditions on plantations, coal mines, or railroads, with little or no regard to their human value or their lives. If a prisoner died, the state would replace them with another convict. This led to high levels of mortality, since the businesses had no financial interest in the health the leased prisoners.
Join us for a discussion with historian Sam Collins, III to discuss Juneteenth and the Sugar Land 95.
Click here to learn about Galveston’s links to convict leasing.
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