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Moore, Alphonso

(born: April 28, 1898  -  died: October 19, 1983) 

Born in Florida, Alphonso Moore was a retired coal miner. He was the first African American elected to the Jenkins City Council, in 1977. Alphonso Moore was the son of William and Margaret "Maggie" Thornton Moore. In 1910, the Moore family lived in Biloxi, MS where William Moore supported his family as a carpenter. His son, Alphonso Moore, was a veteran of WWI. When he returned home from the military, his family was still in Biloxi, and in 1920, Alphonso Moore was working as a driver of a shell wagon. He would leave Mississippi and by 1935 he had come to Jenkins, KY for work in the coal mines. [Sources: 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1940 U.S. Federal Census records; p.116 in Polk's Biloxi City Directory, 1925]

According to his WWII Registration Card, Alphonso Moore was born in Leon County, FL [source: Ancestry]. He worked for the Consolidated Coal Company in Jenkins, at Mine #204 in Dunham, KY.  He died October 19, 1983 and he is buried in Biloxi, MS [source: Find A Grave]. He was the husband of Omie Lee Hendrix [source: Wise County, Virginia Certificate of Marriage #30796 (Ancestry)]. For more see "Mayor, 45 councilmen are black city officials," in 1978 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Fifth Report by the Commission on Human Rights, p.18.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Kentucky directory of black elected officials
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: Polk's Biloxi city directory, 1925

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