The Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum

“Now is the time to do things.”
Lenora Butler Rolla

Lenora Butler Rolla, organizer and founder of the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, set the pace for the Society and its members.


Ms. Rolla was, by definition, a public servant. She served Fort Worth’s community organizations with unparalleled dedication.


She founded the Hattie Street Haven, a neighborhood community space for youth. She served as Dean of Women at Jarvis Christian College in the early 1950s.


Ms. Rolla was a founder of the Community Christian Church and served as Vice President of the National Christian Missionary Convention.


Ms. Rolla is personally responsible for the recovery and preservation of most of Tarrant County’s African-American artifacts, placing them under the watchful care of the Society.