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    The Jubilee Singers. (1875). Image courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Biographical Profile: George Washington Moore

MOORE, George W •• hlngton, clerCYman;
born at Nashville, TeDD., Nov.
9, 1864: son of William Moore and
Elizabeth Corry, slaves, who were
leplly married after slavery was abol·
Ished: A.B., Fisk Unlv., 1881, A.M.,
1884: B.D., Oberlin Theological Semi·
Dary, 0., 1883: (D.D., Howard Unlv.,
1908); married Ella Sheppard, of
Nashville, Dec. 20, 1882; she was of
the original Jubilee Singers; 2 children:
George S. (M.D.), ClintoD Fisk
R. Began to exhort In little mission
connected with first echool he attended:
preached ID Howard Chapel,
Nashville, 1876: ordained Congregational
ministry, 1877: while In Ober·
lin Seminary past’lred 1st Congregational
Church, Sullivan, O. ; In
charge 3 churches under Ohio Home
Missionary Society, summer, 1882:
pastor LlncolD Memorial Church,
Washington, D. C., 1883-92: professor
of biblical history and literature, How·
ard Unlv., 1887-92; delegate to
World’s Sunday School Convention,
1889, and delivered address in City

MOORE, George Washington, clergyman;  born at Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 9, 1864: son of William Moore and Elizabeth Corry, slaves, who were legally married after slavery was abolished: A.B., Fisk Univ., 1881, A.M., 1884: B.D., Oberlin Theological Seminary, 0., 1883: (D.D., Howard Univ.,1908); married Ella Sheppard, of Nashville, Dec. 20, 1882; she was of the original Jubilee Singers; 2 children:  George S. (M.D.), Clinton Fisk R. Began to exhort in little mission connected with first echool he attended: preached in Howard Chapel, Nashville, 1876: ordained Congregational ministry, 1877: while in Oberlin Seminary past’lred 1st Congregational Church, Sullivan, O. ; in charge 3 churches under Ohio Home Missionary Society, summer, 1882: pastor Lincoln Memorial Church, Washington, D. C., 1883-92: professor of biblical history and literature, Howard Univ., 1887-92; delegate to World’s Sunday School Convention, 1889, and delivered address in City Temple, London, Eng.; began as field missionary with American Missionary Assn, New York, 1892, later appointed supt.  in charge southern church work with headquarters at Nashville. Trustee Tillotson College. Fisk Univ. Republican. Address:  926 17th Ave. N., Nashville, Tenn.

Source: Mather, Frank Lincoln. Who’s Who of the Colored Race; A General Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women of African Descent. <http://books.google.com/books?id=RFZ2AAAAMAAJ>

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  1. George Sheppard Moore Alexander

     /  July 27, 2010

    George Washington Moore’s father was named Rice Moore, not William.

    Source: George Sheppard Moore Alexander, Great Grand Son of George W. and Ella S. Moore.

  2. Thank you George for the clarification on your family ancestry. This goes to show that not all printed information is accurate – there is always more to be learned from direct family members.

  3. Andrew Ward

     /  November 23, 2010

    Moore was a remarkable figure: the son of a biracial tinsmith (his master and perhaps his father was General Winfield Scott) and runaway slave named Rice Moore, he grew up toting market baskets for the prostitutes of the Fourth Ward, refusing his father’s pleas that he pursue an education. At last his father grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and with only about $30 in his pocket and a bucket of tinsmithing tools, led his son on a tour of the devastated South throughout which he had been sold, whipped, and abused as a slave. After walking thousands of miles by his father’s side, Moore was “scared straight,” and returned to Nashville to pursue his studies at Fisk, evolving into one of its most brilliant students and becoming the first black trustee of the university. But perhaps his most admirable accomplishment was courting and marrying Ella Sheppard, the matriarch of the Jubilee Singers, and one of the most accomplished women of her day. I tell their story in my book about the Singers: Dark Midnight When I Rise.

  4. Thank you Andrew for providing additional information about him. I’ve added your book to the Bibliography page – I have in fact seen it in stores around town. :-). I will be sure to take a closer look at it!

  5. michael henry adams

     /  May 8, 2011

    i am an historian eager for information about Rev. George W. Moore’s younger son. Clinton R. Moore of Harlem?


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