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16:48, 18 July 2018

Remains of Black Men and women Forced Into Labor Following Slavery Are Discovered in Texas

Remains of Black Individuals Forced Into Labor Following Slavery Are Discovered in Texas

Remains of Black Individuals Forced Into Labor After Slavery Are Found in Texas

A historic cemetery was discovered on the building website of a new college outdoors Houston. Archaeologists have identified the remains of about 95 folks who they think have been African-Americans forced to work as laborers following slavery ended.CreditFort Bend Independent School District

By Sarah Mervosh

The remains of dozens of men and women found at a construction web site in Texas this year are mostly likely those of African-Americans who were forced to perform on a plantation there about the turn of the 20th century, officials said this week.

That discovering, announced Monday, opens a window onto a tiny-remembered period in which blacks in particular Southern states have been essentially treated like slaves post-emancipation.

The remains of about 95 men and women were found early this year on a construction web site outdoors Houston, where the Fort Bend Independent College District is building a new college, according to college district officials and court records.

This week, archaeologists announced that the bones had been most probably those of African-American laborers who worked as portion of the so-known as convict lease system, in which the state of Texas outsourced prisoners to operate and live on plantations. The researchers estimated that the cemetery, which was on the plantation&rsquos grounds, was utilised from 1878 to 1911.

About half of the bodies have been exhumed, and a lot more than 20 have been analyzed. Of those analyzed, archaeologists mentioned, all but a single have been male, ranging in age from about 14 to 70. All had been African-American, and some may possibly have been former slaves.

It is uncommon to discover an African-American cemetery from this time period, but rarer still to discover a grave web site of black prisoners from the convict lease era, mentioned Ken Brown, a professor at the University of Houston who specializes in African-American archaeology.

&ldquoYou have a likelihood to study what the actual bone material has to say about what life was like &mdash we know it was crappy, we know it was tough &mdash but what impact does all of that have on the body?&rdquo he stated.

Researchers hope to run tests that could tell which diseases the prisoners lived with, what sort of foods they ate and exactly where they grew up.

Published at Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:00:02 +0000

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