By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @PGJournal
Posted: February 16, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – February is celebrated each year throughout America as Black History Month. The month is set aside each year to highlight and recognize the tremendous contributions and accomplishments of African Americans. These contributions, sadly and regrettably, were sometimes overlooked in our country’s history. Throughout February, we will shine a spotlight on some of the major historical accomplishments of African Americans of Central Virginia.
Almost everyone in Central Virginia has heard of Prince George County’s J.E.J. Moore Middle School. Many people; however, are not aware of just who J.E.J. Moore actually is.
John E. J. Moore was born in Richmond, Virginia, on April 9, 1876. As an African American, he was educated at Richmond High and “Normal” School, where he graduated as valedictorian. Moore then attended Rochester College and Columbia University, both in New York.
Dr. Moore began his teaching career at Disputanta Colored School in Prince George and later became its principal. He worked in the Prince George school system for 28 years. Two different schools in Prince George County were named in Dr. Moore’s honor.
He was also the author of, “Colored America Refined,” which was published in 1903. Moore also served as a newspaper columnist for 10 years, and then taught school in King William County for seven years.
Dr. Moore was active in both education and in the community. He was a member of the People’s Baptist Church in Buena Vista. He was also a Mason, Knight of Pythias, Court of Calanthe, and Odd Fellows.
After having lived a full life of learning, service, and imparting his knowledge to others, Dr. John E. J. Moore died on April 4, 1961,” said Carol Marks Bowman, Executive Director, Prince George Regional Heritage Center. “He was buried in Nowland Cemetery, in Buena Vista, Rockbridge County, Virginia. An educator, author, and columnist, Moore left a lasting legacy for Prince George, the Commonwealth, and our Nation.”