In the present, if we unlock the past, then we have the key to the future.
The Society’s logo of
three interlocking keys
represents the past,
present and future,
conceptualized by the
founder Lenora Rolla.
Our Purpose: The Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization whose 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. This history is significant in the developmental heritage and growth of Tarrant County.
Our Story Is a Shared History The Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society is a nonprofit public service organization founded in April 1977 by 21 charter members. In 1974, Lenora Rolla was serving on various Bicentennial Committees. Rolla was concerned that the history of Tarrant County’s Black citizens should be recognized during the celebrations. She found that none of the local universities or libraries held any significant material available to the public while important archival material existed in private collections. Thus, the Society was founded.