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Fort Worth Flashback: Reby Cary’s life one of patriotism, service, achievement

Posted Nov. 11, 2012

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After graduating from I. M. Terrell High School, Reby Cary earned a degree in history and political science at Prairie View A&M. He started the path to a higher degree, but would first answer the call to duty.

While forced to endure the social inequalities of the time, Cary served as one of the first African-American radiomen first class in the Coast Guard, supporting combat operations in the Pacific Ocean aboard the U.S.S. Cambria during World War II.

He then went on to educate future generations as an instructor at Dunbar High School and as a professor at numerous institutions. He was associate dean of student life and director of minority affairs at the University of Texas in Arlington.

He also broke barriers in public service as the first African-American on the Fort Worth school board, well as serving as Texas state representative from District 95.

Cary continues to have an impact on the community through his insight and advice. He has been a rich source of information and history regarding Tarrant County and Fort Worth. He has a unique ability to bring the correct historical context to contentious debates.

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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