Implementing the MOA

Stipulations in the Memorandum of Agreement for First Street Cemetery/Fort Fisher Park indicate how the MOA is to be implemented.  The purpose of this page is to provide information relevant to the implementation of the MOA.

August 17, 2010: Following repeated written requests, the National Park Service acknowledged the start date for the MOA timeline (June 22, 2010) and released a draft of the City of Waco's schedule for the implementation of the MOA.

February 17, 2010: Human bone discovered in eroded area at base of burr oak near eastern boundary of First Street Cemetery.

Update to entry below: According to the THC, archaeological testing revealed that the feature described and pictured below is not a burial. 

February 2, 2010: The NPS reported the discovery of a presumed burial outside the surveyed/recognized boundaries of First Street Cemetery.  The presumed burial was discovered during trenching operations related to the installation of a utility line.  As required by the terms of the MOA, excavations were halted when the presumed  burial was identified.  A treatment plan for the presumed burial was then developed by the Texas Historical Commission and the City of Waco.  The plan was copied into a letter prepared by the archaeological consulting firm PBS&J and sent to the NPS along with relevant maps, photos and a policy statement regarding burials prepared by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).  The information received by the NPS has since been passed on to the consulting parties and signatories  of the MOA via email for comments.  The written documentation provided by the NPS is available below, though the maps and photos are not included here to ensure the security of the burial.  (Note: a photo is now included since archaeological testing has revealed that the feature is not a burial.)

1. Email from NPS (02-02-10)

2. Letter from PBS&J (partially authored by the City of Waco) detailing treatment plan (01-26-10).

3. ACHP Policy Statement Regarding Treatment of Burial Sites, Human Remains and Funerary Objects (01-26-10).

Some of the comments on the proposed treatment plan are available here:

  1. John Griggs, Ph.D. - comments (02-12-10)
  2. John Griggs, Ph.D. - comments (02-16-10)

February 2, 2010: Sinkhole reported under a road inside the surveyed boundaries of First Street Cemetery.  A provision of the MOA suggests that repair of the sinkhole may require consultation with the THC.


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