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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Black History Month: Waldron and Mansfield Pioneers


February is Black History Month, and in observance, we will be featuring a “did you know” fact with Huntington native, Jerry Moore.

Sam Martin and Jerome Galloway of Mansfield were some of the first group of blacks to settle in Mansfield around 1870 or earlier.

Martin also served in the Civil War for the CSA. He was honored in September of 2018 at a service held at the Cherokee African-American Cemetery.

Calvin Moore, also black, arrived in Waldron in 1870. Moore owned over 300 acres and became one of the largest land owners in Scott County.

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.

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