February is Black History Month, and in observance, we will be featuring a “did you know” fact with Huntington native, Jerry Moore.
DID YOU KNOW?
The first and only black mayor of Huntington was elected in 1977. Mayor Curtis G. Feimster Sr. was the first black elected mayor of a Western Arkansas city with a white majority population.
He was also the first black buried in the Huntington City Cemetery.
About the contributor: Jerry Moore was born in Kansas City, KS and came to Huntington when he was 17 months old. He’s the great-great grandson of Samuel (Sam) Martin, who is buried in the Cherokee African American Cemetery in Huntington. Moore attended Mansfield Schools and graduated with the class of 1968. After high school, he went on to get his bachelors degree and later a masters degree. Moore taught history at Northside High School from 1972-1980 and after receiving his masters degree, began teaching sociology at Northwest Arkansas Community College. His education and experience has afforded him opportunities few have only dreamed of. Lifetime opportunities, including work in the nation’s capital.