Remains in Texas believed to be 95 forced-labor black prisoners

Researchers believe the remains of 95 people found at a Texas construction site are those of African Americans forced to work on a plantation around the turn of the 20th century, according to a preliminary report released this week.

The bones were discovered while crews were working on a new school near Houston.

Archaeologists said the bodies were almost certainly those of prisoners leased out to work under a so-called convict-lease program.

The prisoners lived and worked on plantations.

There was one in the area where the school is being built, and the researchers said the remains appeared to have been buried in a plantation cemetery used from 1878 to 1911.

Researchers have analyzed 20 bodies. Their ages ranged from 14 to 70. All but one were male.

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