By Jack Fink

CORSICANA (CBSDFW.COM) – Remains unearthed by recent drought conditions around Richland Chambers Lake in Navarro County will soon have a new resting place.

On Friday, the Corsicana city council ruled to move the remains to Woodland Cemetery.

The Tarrant Regional Water District, which owns the lake, wanted to move the remains to Corsicana’s Resthaven Memorial – which is designated as providing perpetual care.

But some African-Americans in the city and the Navarro County Historical Commission fought to have the remains placed in Woodland Cemetery because they believe the remains are that of men, women, and children who were slaves, and that the remains should be laid to rest with descendants who are buried at Woodland.

The problem is Woodland, which is owned by the city of Corsicana, is not designated as a perpetual care facility with a set fund for maintenance.

State law requires the bones to be transferred to a cemetery with that designation.

Now, the city council will vote later this month to make Woodland an official perpetual care cemetery.

The city already provides that level of care to the facility, but it is not legally designated that way currently.

At least one city council member says she expects the council to sign off on the deal December 20.

The city says the remains will be laid to rest here in a new part of the cemetery.

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