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Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture to receive $15,000 Grant to Honor Local Legend

The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture (The Alliance) has received a $15,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to support its Legends Project honoring Charlye Farris, the first African American woman licensed to practice law in Texas.

The grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will be used to create educational materials about Farris’ life. The materials will be distributed to area schools as part of The Legends Project. The project will culminate with the installation of a permanent bronze sculpture of Farris at the Wichita County Courthouse.

“We are grateful to the Texas Bar Foundation for its generous grant supporting this important project,” said Ann Arnold-Ogden, Executive Director of The Alliance. “Charlye Farris was a true trailblazer, and her story is one that deserves to be told and remembered. This project will help us to do just that, and to inspire future generations to follow in her footsteps.”

The Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the foundation has awarded more than $26 million in grants to law-related programs.