Scholars of African American history and religious studies will be well served by the primary, secondary, and tertiary sources contained in the Bishop Noah W. Moore, Jr. collection held at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey:
Born in Newark, NJ at the beginning of the 20th century, Noah W. Moore, Jr. of the Methodist United Church impacted Methodist religious society in historic fashion. From the 1930’s to his retirement in 1972 Moore left his mark wherever he and his wife Carrie performed their chosen duties. In the mid Atlantic region he pastured historic Black churches including Zoar Methodist Church (founded in 1794) and the widely influential Tindley Temple. During his time in Philadelphia Bishop Moore also served on the Board of Directors of the local NAACP chapter.
At the national level Moore developed and administered Methodist sponsored programs in the deep south during the turbulent period of segregation in the 1960s and later in western states where his labors included collaboration to bring much needed social services to Native Americans. Bishop Moore also established himself as an important figure within the international structure of the United Methodist Church. His work carried him around the world as a delegate to world conferences as well as an organizer of crucial uplift and educational programs in developing nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Following his retirement Bishop Moore returned to his native state settling in Atlantic City where he passed away several years ago.
It is noteworthy to mention that Moore’s family background is also quite rich. Thus far, we have traced his family roots to the 1850 census. His grandparents Caldwell and Elizabeth Moore were free Blacks living amongst slavery in Sussex County Delaware. That experience was not far removed from Bishop Moore’s generation which arrived in force - blessed by the “Souls of Black Folk” published by DuBois in 1903. The full measure of the Moore papers registers as a comprehensive collection of documents that detail the extraordinary life and times of an unheralded but significant and socially conscious church official.
Interested parties may contact the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey:
661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, NJ 08346, 609-704-5495; (fax: 704-5532)
James E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Part-time Lecturer of History
Rutgers University Camden
James E. Johnson
Part-time Lecturer, History
Rugers University Camden
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