History of the BFGHS

The Black Family History Society, a (501(c)3, was founded in September 1992, when a small group of African American researchers led by Larry Lee met at the LDS Family History Center in Mesa.  As time went on, the group saw the need for a more formal structure, with bylaws and elected officers.  Gail Jones-Stevenson (1996-1998) became the first elected president of the organization.   Jones-Stevenson was succeeded by Henrietta Beckford (1999 through 2008), Dr. Mordecai Spriggs (2009 through 2010), and Larry Lee (2011-2013).  Z. Joyce McCollum is the president at this time.

On February 17, 2001, the group’s name was formally changed to the Black Family Genealogy & History Society.

The monthly meeting of the Black Family Genealogy & History Society  takes place at 10:00 a.m. on the second ( 2nd. ) (Saturday of each month at Harmon Public Library, 1325 South 5th Avenue in Phoenix.  Guests are always welcome.

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