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Rev William Luther Moore
Birth: Oct. 12, 1857
Columbus County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1930
Robeson County
North Carolina, USA

Rev. Moore was a Waccamaw Siouan Indian. He was the son of James and Carolina Spaulding Moore. He married Mary Catherine Oxendine on May 24, 1880 in Robeson County, North Carolina. He is recognized as the founder of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

He first taught in Columbus County and later taught in Robeson County, North Carolina. He also served as the pastor for Prospect Methodist church for 44 years.

In 1885, Rev. Moore was instrumental in enacting a North Carolina bill to establish the Croatan Indian Normal School in Robeson County. His enthusiasm inspired the community to unite and build and support the one-room school.

In 1887, he along with Preston Locklear, "Big Jim" Oxendine, and James E. Dial, Sr. were appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly as the original trustees of the Croatan Normal School, known today as the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Fifteen students enrolled when classes began later in the fall of 1887. Rev. Moore was the first principal and the only teacher for the first three years.

In November 1964, the William Luther Moore Arts Building was dedicated at Pembroke State College (now UNC-Pembroke) in recognition for his contributions to his community and to his school. Rev. Doctor Fuller Lowry, the first graduate of the Indian Normal School, delivered the dedication address.

***NOTE: His wife, Mary Catherine Oxendine Moore, was the first female Native American teacher in Robeson County.

***NOTE: Moore Hall at UNC-Pembroke currently houses the Music Department.
Family links: 
  Mary Catherine Oxendine Moore (1854 - 1928)*
  Eliza Caroline Moore (1885 - 1904)*
  Emma Jane Moore Bullard (1887 - 1965)*
  Luther W. Moore (1889 - 1957)*
  Charlie H. Moore (1891 - 1943)*
  Mary Ellen Moore Dial (1896 - 1973)*
*Calculated relationship

A life devoted to the task
of making the world a
little better place
to live in.

Founder - Erector - Teacher - I.N.S. 1885 - 1890 Elder in Methodist Church for 49 Years
Moore Family Cemetery
Robeson County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Jun 26, 2011
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Rev William Luther Moore
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Rev William Luther Moore
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Rev William Luther Moore
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My great great grandfather. Your legacy still lives today. Thx.Luther-SonWilliam "Bill"-grandsonJerry-great grandsonPenichia-great great granddaughter
- Penichia Bullard-Blue
 Added: Jan. 21, 2015
Thank You Rev. Moore for your contributions. I had your beautiful granddaughter as a first grade teacher. She became my favorite teacher of all time...loved her so ( Carrie Mabel).
- Bobry
 Added: Apr. 5, 2014
Rest in peace.
- melanie
 Added: Jun. 26, 2011
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