1900-1910: Expanding to Serve All

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p>In 1903, the first YMCA was founded to serve African-Americans in Fort Worth.  The YMCA became a branch of the central YMCA in 1915, and was renamed the McDonald YMCA after black leader William McDonald donated a hotel for the YMCA’s use.

What are your memories of the McDonald YMCA? Did you go there as a kid, attend meetings as an adult, learn to swim or take classes there?  Let us know! Leave a comment below about your memories.


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Welcome to the blog celebrating the 120-year history of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. In this blog, we will have information for those interested in history, Fort Worth or the YMCA – month by month, decade by decade.

Were you a YMCA member or participant years ago? Do you remember camp outs at Camp Carter or swimming at the Downtown Y? We invite you to share your YMCA memories in this blog – let us know what you remember or what you enjoy most now as a member of the YMCA. We can’t wait to hear from you!