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Women's History Month: Highlighting Hazel Harvey Peace

Hazel Harvey Peace, a Fort Worth educator and community leader.

Born in 1903, Ms. Peace is a 1919 graduate of what came to be known as I.M. Terrell High School, and one of the school’s former teachers, counselors and administrators. She retired from the District in the 1970s.

Upon leaving FWISD, Ms. Peace worked for several historical black colleges and universities in Texas. Her career as an educator spanned 50 years.

From 1953 to 1966, she served as associate editor and editor of the Texas Standard, a publication of the Teachers State Association of Texas that supported the work of black educators and advocated that the educators receive equal salaries and working conditions. According to the Portal to Texas History, a historical reference maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries, Ms. Peace is credited with representing the association’s mission during the Jim Crow and civil rights eras.

In 2000, the Fort Worth Central Library named its youth center in her honor. Just two years later, she carried the Olympic torch through Fort Worth in its relay to the winter games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Hazel Harvey Peace Professor in Children’s Library Services, an endowed professorship at UNT established in 2007, made Ms. Peace the first African American woman to have a professorship named for her at a four-year higher education institution.

Fort Worth ISD built and dedicated the Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary School in 2007. In 2009, the city opened the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, a municipal building located on Missouri Avenue.

Ms. Peace died in 2008.