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Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society Records

Identifier: R-0076


  • 1950 - 2000

Biographical / Historical

In 1974, Lenora Rolla, a black journalist and political activist, was a docent at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and was serving also on various local Bicentennial Committees. As the bicentennial year approached, Mrs. Rolla became concerned that the history of Tarrant County’s black citizens should be recognized during the celebrations. As she delved into the history of the black community of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, she found that none of Tarrant County’s universities or libraries held any significant material relating to black history although important archival material existed in private collections,. In order to rectify this situation, Mrs. Rolla and a few of her friends organized the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society which began to collect personal papers, scrapbooks, clippings files, photographic collections, art work, and other relevant material.

The Society has a threefold goal: 1) to collect, preserve, and make available to the public, material relating to the history of black people in Tarrant County; 2) to educate the public about the contributions of black citizens to the history of the county, and 3) to help black people in Tarrant county develop the skills necessary to research their family histories thereby recognizing their importance.

The original home of the Society was a small frame house on Rosedale Avenue. As the Society began to amass material, the need for a larger space became evident. The Society eventually acquired the Boone House, a large two-story structure on Humbolt Street. Unfortunately, while there was adequate space, the house had many structural problems, and the collection was endangered.

A new, secure, home was found when in 1997, when the collection of the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society was placed on permanent loan in the Fort Worth Public Library’s Department of Genealogy and Local History.


120 Linear Feet

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Archives: 4F1
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102