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In Legislature, Reby Cary stood up for Fort Worth

Posted Jan. 29, 2016

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In honor of Black History Month, each week in February Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of African-American residents in our city’s history.

Reby Cary is one of Fort Worth’s most recognized statesmen.

Born in 1920, Cary was raised in Fort Worth. He graduated from I.M. Terrell High School in 1937 and from Prairie View A&M University in 1941.

Cary served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942-1945. Afterward, he taught at Dunbar High School and later at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Among his many civic duties in the Fort Worth area, Reby Cary served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1979-1985.

In this photograph taken in February 1983, Cary speaks to members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus (68th Texas Legislature) in support of House Joint Resolution 19, which was a constitutional amendment to provide funds for higher education and to restructure the Permanent 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.

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