Re­mains likely to be tested

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE -

SUGAR LAND, Texas—Of­fi­cials say DNA test­ing will likely take place of re­mains found in nearly 100 un­marked graves near Hous­ton that are be­lieved to be the bod­ies of im­pris­oned African-Amer­i­cans who were part of Texas’ no­to­ri­ous con­vict-leas­ing sys­tem from the decades af­ter the Civil War.

The Hous­ton Chron­i­cle re­ports dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing to have a pri­vate party pay for the test­ing. The es­ti­mated cost is around $170,000.

The re­mains were found in the Hous­ton sub­urb of Sugar Land at the con­struc­tion site of the Fort Bend In­de­pen­dent School District’s new tech­ni­cal cen­ter.

Com­mu­nity ac­tivists have urged the district to test the re­mains, say­ing it could lead to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and no­ti­fi­ca­tion of de­scen­dants.

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