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Fort Worth Flashback: Sam Garcia

Posted Sept. 12, 2011

Samuel Garcia (middle) with parents

Photo courtesy of the Fort Worth Library.

The Fort Worth Library’s Samuel Garcia Collection is a treasure trove of information about Fort Worth’s Hispanic community. Garcia donated his collection to the library archives for preservation purposes and to educate the public about Hispanic heritage in the Fort Worth area. Included in the collection are manuscript materials relating to various organizations, pamphlets, journals, newspapers and clippings, memorabilia, photographs and awards.

Samuel Garcia (1923-), shown here with his parents, was born in Mexico and moved to Oklahoma with his family as a youngster. He was raised on a farm near Pittsburg, Okla. After serving in the Army in World War II and earning three Bronze Stars, Garcia moved to Fort Worth in 1958 searching for a better life than offered in the hills of Oklahoma. Two years later he started his own construction company.

Garcia served in leadership positions in numerous community service organizations including Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, United Hispanic Council, Hispanic Debutante Association of Fort Worth, International Good Neighbor Council, American GI Forum of Tarrant County, League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC), Image de Fort Worth and Mexican-American College Education Fund.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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