Hazel Bernice Harvey Peace (1907-2008)
Born August 4, 1907 to Allen H. and Georgia Mason Harvey, Hazel Harvey Peace was an educator, humanitarian, and community activist with an outstanding record of service to the City of Fort Worth. At age 13, she graduated from the Fort Worth Colored School (renamed I. M. Terrell High School); at 17, she returned to Fort Worth to teach at her alma mater I. M. Terrell High School; she went on to earn her Bachelors degree from Howard University, and her Masters degree from Columbia University.
Mrs. Peace was civically active in many organizations and served on committees including Fort Worth Public Library Advisory Board; Concerned Citizen Memorial Association of Fort Worth; Near-Southeast Neighborhood Advisory Council; Teachers State Association of Texas; Greater Fort Worth Area Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club; United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County; and I. M. Terrell Alumni Association. She was editor of the Texas Standard, the official Texas State Teachers Association publication. Mrs. Peace received countless certificates, awards, plaques, proclamations, and resolutions.
Among the many honors bestowed upon Mrs. Peace are having the Fort Worth Central Library Youth Center named after her; an endowed professorship in her name at University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences; carrying the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic torch; and having the Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary School, Fort Worth, Texas and Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, Fort Worth, Texas both named in her honor. Mrs. Peace’s greatest legacy may be the contributions and community involvement of the thousands of students whose lives she touched.
The Hazel Harvey Peace Collection was donated to the library on January 22, 2009 by Kerven Carter, executor of the Peace estate.
Scope and Contents Note
The Peace Collection consists of 10 linear feet or 27 boxes of materials including two oversized items too large to fit in boxes. The collection includes manuscript materials; photographs; sheet music; books; yearbooks; awards; plaques; memorabilia; and oversize materials. Comprehensive dates for the collection are 1887-2009 with the bulk of the materials dating 1974-2007.
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Last updated: July 1, 2014