Siddhartha Mahanta is a writer and editor, formerly for The Atlantic and currently as features editor for Business Insider. (June 2019)

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One Man’s Quest for a Memorial to Sugar Land’s Bitter History

Reginald Moore at the Old Imperial Farm Cemetery, Sugar Land, Texas, December 1, 2016

Life in Sugar Land is sweet, particularly for the immigrants who flock to it in search of a fresh start and prosperity. Like much of the Houston metro area, it is among the most diverse, economically flourishing cities in America. Drawn to Houston’s booming energy industry, top-tier public schools, and pristine subdivisions with names like Settlers Park and Sugar Mill, my parents and their peers arrived in the 1970s and 1980s to this aspirational dream town. There was little clue at that time of the dark, subterranean past on which, quite literally, our homes and schools were built.