The City of Waco has undertaken on behalf of the public, efforts to better care for Waco’s second oldest cemetery; Greenwood Cemetery which dates back to at least 1875. This cemetery is especially rich in Waco history, containing not only loved ones representing many local families, but also numerous notable figures of prominence and fame.
Consolidated care is not without its challenges, due to a complex patchwork of land ownership, a marked history of segregation, and no known archival burial records.
Therefore, the City of Waco (per Resolution 2018-435) is advancing the process of establishing the entirety of Greenwood Cemetery under consolidated possession and care on behalf of the public. This process, as defined by the Texas Health and Safety Code (section 713.009), supports the ongoing maintenance and care of the entire cemetery area, as well as the creation of a unified fenced perimeter to better protect the burial area and markers of this historic cemetery.
A public meeting will be held 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at the Waco Multi-Purpose Center (1020 Elm Avenue, Waco, TX) for discussion of following topics associated with the project:
a. Review of property ownership composition, and possible interests
b. Review of prior archaeological & Texas Historical Commission consultation
c. Discussion of care recommendations for public safety and proper maintenance
d. Discussion of perimeter fence and entrance design recommendations
e. Discussion of anticipated effects on existing streets, traffic, and visitation
All persons interested in Greenwood Cemetery are invited to attend, with special invitation to the local residents, neighborhood, families, any members of affiliated cemetery associations, and historical groups. Additionally, based on records of the McLennan County Clerk’s office, a number of entities have been identified as possible interested parties, including but not limited to:
- Edna L. Carmichael
- Ruthie Lee Edwards
- The Estate of Charles Bannister
- The Estate of Euwart Gladstone Boykins
- The Estate of Bernena Jones Boykins
- The Estate of James and Mollie Brown
- The Estate of Betty Carmichael Howard
- The Estate of Emma J. Norwood
- The Estate of Orvel W. Sternberg
- The People’s Cemetery Association
Comments or questions can be directed to the City of Waco Parks & Recreation Department at 254.750.8080.