convict labor

Politicians, activists and community leaders in Atlanta are working to restore the long-ignored chapter of U.S. history following the Civil War where thousands of Black men, women and children were pulled off the streets and convicted of petty crimes then sent into camps and factories.

The state of Texas, like many across the South, was resistant to the ending of slavery after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, 95 bodies uncovered at a building construction site reveals that Texas may have been forcing Black convicts or even free Blacks into slave labor. The […]