Fort Worth, TX—The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized John Lytle Goforth as a significant part of Texas history by awarding an Official Texas Historical Marker.  The designation honors John Lytle Goforth as an important and educational part of local history.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 30, 2022, at the Goforth Cemetery in Tarrant County, TX.  Speaker will include Ellen Tiberlake-Volz. The TarrantCounty Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event.

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC.  “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history.  This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe said.

A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age.  Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic.  The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at 512/463-5853 or visiting the web site at

“It is vital that as we move forward, we do not forget our past.  Not only will the Texas Historical Marker provide awareness in the community of our fascinating history, but it will become a building block for the promotion of local tourism.”

There are three types of Texas Historical Markers.  Subject markers are posted solely for public education awareness and awarded more frequently than the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL), which is a legal designation for historic structures and comes with a measure of protection.  Unlike subject markers, the RTHL must also meet a third criterion–architectural integrity. Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) markers identify cemeteries which have obtained the HTC designation and whose histories have been researched in detail.

Texas has the largest marker program in the United States with approximately 15,000 markers.  Seventeen states have used the Texas program as a model; the THC reviews more than 300 marker applications each year. 

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Lonyae Coulter

Lonyae Coulter is a junior at Texas Christian University. At TCU, Coulter is the Executive Editor for The Skiff (TCU360), the official student newspaper. She has also worked as a Page Designer and the...