Patsy Sims

Patsy Sims lives in Washington, D.C. A Beaumont native, she is the author of The Klan and Can Somebody Shout Amen! She last wrote for the Observer about the closing of the Central State Prison.

The Day the Windows Shook

by | Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 6:00 am CST

From Chain Gangs to Chain Stores

Sugar Land's storied prison farm gives way to suburban sprawl.

During the time my grandfather supervised the cotton gin at Central State Farm, the prison property extended on both sides of U.S. 90A as far as the eye could see, the only interruptions on the low, level terrain being the … Read More