NBUF & Community Rises In Court to Halt Removal of Egungun Remains


By Bro. Kofi Taharka

FORT BEND- Last Monday, a dramatic scene played out in the 434th Fort Bend County Court in Richmond, Texas. At issue was the motion to remove the remains of the #Sugarland95 from the site at which they were unearthed.

National Black United Front (NBUF) representatives Swatara Olushola and Kofi Taharka along with other community representatives stepped to the bench at the invitation of Judge Shoemake. Articulate and forceful, the group argued against the removal of the remains due to the lack of robust descendant community engagement including DNA testing by the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD). Lawyers for FBISD were flanked on all sides by African/Black community representatives shooting their ill-conceived pleas to the Judge.

Ultimately, the Judge temporarily halted the petition to remove the remains until further effort was put in to engage all interested parties. He appointed a “Special Master” for the court to work with parties present. Judge Shoemake stated further decision on the motion maybe delayed until March of 2019.

In April of 2018 information began to be made public that an African Burial Ground dating from the late 180o’s to the early 1900’s was “discovered” on a school construction site of FBISD. By mid-July FBISD announced that 95 intact graves of Africans in America had been unearthed, victims of crimes against humanity in what was known as the convict lease system or slavery by another name.

The unholy alliance between the State of Texas and Imperial Sugar Company along with the free labor of enslaved Africans literally laid the foundation for the upscale suburb of Houston, titled Sugar Land. For the National Black United Front (NBUF), other formations and anyone with a basic understanding of American history the “discovery” comes as no surprise.

Mr. Reginald Moore a lay historian known throughout activist circles in the area has been telling anyone who would listen for decades that these forgotten and tortured souls existed. “Sugarland got a dirty little secret and it ain’t so sweet” is one of his common refrains. Further, in 2001 NBUF researcher Omowale Haggerty an east Texas native revealed through his work the bloody history of Imperial Sugar Company as a part of the international movement for reparations.

The racial violence and mass incarceration committed against African people today finds its antecedents in the history being revealed by the unearthing of the Holy Egungun (Ancestors) at the African Burial Ground in Sugar Land. Police terrorism and other acts of aggression by the Global White Supremacy apparatus taking place in 2018 reveals its terroristic past. “The find in Sugar Land is not really rare, when you think about how this country was built off our free labor during enslavement and convict, concentration camp labor our ancestral remains are throughout this country, what is rare about Sugarland is that it is preserved and being widely publicized. How many cemeteries do you think are just being bulldozed over in the name of development?” These were the comments of Ray Winbush, PhD Morgan State University, Baltimore Maryland.

NBUF along with activist, African spiritualist and expert allies over several months has engaged in a series of activities including: ancestral veneration rituals, meetings with officials,


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