Hazel Harvey Peace (1907-2008) was an educator, humanitarian, and community activist with an outstanding record of service to the City of Fort Worth. At age 13, she graduated from the Fort Worth Colored School (renamed I. M. Terrell High School) and returned to teach there four years later. A passion for education then led her to earn a Bachelors degree from Howard University and a Masters degree from Columbia University. Mrs. Peace served on many state and local committees, such as the Fort Worth Public Library Advisory Board, Near-Southeast Neighborhood Advisory Council, Teachers State Association of Texas and the Greater Fort Worth Area Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club. The contributions and community involvement of thousands of Mrs. Peace’s students may be her greatest legacy.
The Hazel Harvey Peace Youth Center at the Fort Worth Library is named in her honor, as are an endowed professorship in Children’s Library Services at the University of North Texas, a Fort Worth ISD Elementary School and the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods.
The Collection covers the years 1887 to 2009 and includes manuscript materials, photographs, sheet music, books, yearbooks, awards, and memorabilia. Selections from these items are presented here; additional material may be accessed at the Fort Worth Library Archives.