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  86R17018 KSM-D
 
  By: Reynolds H.R. No. 217
 
  Substitute the following for H.R. No. 217:
 
  By:  White C.S.H.R. No. 217
 
 
 
R E S O L U T I O N
 
         WHEREAS, The Convict Leasing and Labor Project is dedicated
  to documenting the history of forced labor in our country by working
  to educate the public about abuses under slavery and convict
  leasing; and
         WHEREAS, In Fort Bend County, CLLP has been active in
  addressing the legacy of the convict leasing system, which replaced
  slavery as a means of exploitation and repression; CLLP activist
  and historian Reginald Moore played a key role in the discovery of
  the skeletal remains of 95 African Americans, identified as victims
  of convict leasing, who were interred in unmarked graves on a
  property owned by the Fort Bend Independent School District in
  Sugar Land; and
         WHEREAS, CLLP is working with the school district and the
  City of Sugar Land to develop an appropriate memorial for these
  victims of convict leasing; in addition, the group is seeking to
  establish a permanent museum of slavery and convict leasing; and
         WHEREAS, Through its tireless efforts, the Convict Leasing
  and Labor Project is helping to uncover a chapter of our state's
  history that has been too long ignored or forgotten; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby honor the Convict Leasing and Labor Project for
  its exceptional contributions and extend to its members sincere
  best wishes for continued success in their endeavors; and, be it
  further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the organization as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.