Photos by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
While most people associate professional movers with residential moves, at ACE, it’s only one part of what we do. Our moving projects lead our customers across the globe. We love helping others get to where they’re going – but it's what we can do in our own community that fuels our passion.
Oklahoma City Bombing Trial Documents
On March 8, ACE Moving and Storage helped transfer important pieces of Oklahoma history to a secure space. Documents from the state trial of Terry Nichols, a co- conspirator in the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, moved from an Oklahoma County warehouse to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
A jury found Nichols guilty of aiding domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, who detonated a bomb outside an Oklahoma City federal building on April 19, 1995. 168 people died from the explosion.
"These files will be maintained for historical purposes, for educational purposes and, maybe, to use to prevent a future act,” says Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater. Prater is a part of the decision to bring the documents to the museum.
The bombing is a tragic chapter in Oklahoma history. The Memorial Museum is a place that lets the Oklahoma community remember and honor the lives of those lost during the bombing.
Transferring Historical Evidence
Our movers delivered 32 metal filing cabinets. The cabinets hold thousands of documents and evidence used in the case against Nichols during his state murder trial. Nichols’ federal trial occurred in 1997, while his state trial occurred in 2004 in McAlester, Oklahoma. Both trials resulted in life sentences for Nichols.
Those who brought Nichols to justice are glad to see the documents preserved.
"They are sacred files and this is sacred ground and they ought to be put together," former state judge Stephan Taylor says. Taylor presided over Nichols’ state trial.
Related documents and materials from the bombing and trials are stored in a temperature controlled archive that is able to safely hold materials.
Maps, photos, and diagrams used by the prosecution team were also moved to the archive. Each document and item will be catalogued, inventoried, and incorporated into the museums.
Engaging with the OKC Community
Being able to contribute in a small way to a large cause is a humbling experience. The ACE family values the trust placed on our movers by the community. Big moves or small, we strive to provide expertise and care to every client. Contact us for a moving quote today.