Morgan County African-American Museum
Cleveland and Annie Moore. Mr. Moore's father, John Wesley Moore, was born in the last years of slavery and worked as a tenant farmer. He constructed the house that now contains the Morgan County African-American Museum. Undated Photo.
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THE MORGAN COUNTY AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM

John Wesley Moore was born in January 1862, in the last years of slavery, and lived to be forty-six years old. He married Dora Gordon on November 21, 1881, and they lived in a tenant house on land owned by a white farmer, James A. Fannin. The couple’s first child was born in October 1883. On April 10, 1890, Wesley Moore bought five acres of land as by that time he and his wife had four children. On October 31, 1899, Fannin deeded Moore forty-one acres of land “for five dollars in consideration of the service he has given me.” After Moore died in 1908, his widow inherited his land and other property. She lived in this house until her death in 1932. In 1989, this simple Folk Victorian one-story frame house was moved from the Moore farm, two miles south of town, to its current location. The house was restored for use as the Morgan County African-American Museum.

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