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About this collection

The Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society (TCBHGS) is a nonprofit public service organization founded in 1977. In 1974, Lenora Rolla, a journalist and political activist, was involved in planning Fort Worth's bicentennial. She realized that most of the significant material documenting Tarrant County’s Black citizens was held in private collections.

To rectify this situation, Mrs. Rolla and a few of her friends organized the TCBHGS. The society's mission is to locate, collect, analyze, organize and preserve African-American historical contributions used to educate, empower and interpret African-American history in Tarrant County. 

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. In 1996, the collection was placed on permanent loan in the Fort Worth Public Library’s Department of Genealogy and Local History.

The collection has a diverse range of materials documenting African American Fort Worth from photographs, film, slave receipts, manuscripts, printed materials, and newspaper clippings. The digital collection is currently comprised of over 100 photographs, but additional materials are continuously being added. 

 
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