Charles Henry Moore


A few days ago, we shared information on Charles Henry Moore, one of the founders of North Carolina A&T, an HBCU in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Just a refresher... Charles Henry Moore was born in 1855 in Wilmington, NC and died in 1952 at the age of 97. He was born to a Scotch-Irish father, also named Charles, and a mother, Emily, who was listed as "colored." Moore was an early African American graduate of Amherst College, graduating in 1878.

Charles Henry Moore (Photographed in Amherst, Massachusetts. Courtesy of the Nanny Jack & Co Archives.

In 1890, Congress enacted the Second Morrill Act that mandated "a separate College for the colored race." The Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race (now N.C.A&T) was established as that school in the state of North Carolina by an act of the General Assembly ratified on March 9, 1891. Originally operating in Raleigh as an annex to Shaw University, the College made a permanent home in Greensboro with the help of local citizens such as DeWitt Clinton Benbow and Charles H. Moore.

Charles Henry Moore was also a part of the National Negro Business League and the Julius Rosenwald Fund.

Of course, we're always trying to look for a connection to Old West Baltimore and Moore has one. In July 1915, Moore attends a meeting of the Colored Businessmen's Exchange, held on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore, while looking on "business and professional men."

In the future, we'll share more information about this prominent group known as the Colored Businessmen's Exchange.