“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Varnado in Washington Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Deputy O'Neal Moore

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March 23, 2018
1. Deputy O'Neal Moore Marker
Side A
O'Neal Moore (1931-1965) and his partner, David “Creed” Rogers were the first black deputies of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office.

June 2, 1965, the deputies were ambushed by alleged members of the Ku Klux Klan in a drive-by shooting resulting in the brutal murder of O'Neal Moore and wounding of David Rogers; leaving him blind in one eye. Moore left behind a wife, Mavella Moore & 4 daughters: Tressler, Regenia, Veronica, and Sheronda Moore.
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This was one of many incidents that activated the Legendary Deacons of Defense of Bogalusa, Louisiana. The same Deacons that would later protect the remaining members of the Moore family. Moore, Rogers, and many others made grave sacrifices to help ensure success of the Civil Rights Movement.

The O'Neal Moore Murder Case remains unsolved.
Erected by O'Neal Moore Family & Foundation and The Johnson Family.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsLaw Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is June 2, 1965.
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March 23, 2018
2. Deputy O'Neal Moore Marker
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30° 53.685′ N, 89° 50.06′ W. Marker is in Varnado, Louisiana, in Washington Parish. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 21 and Main Street, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 21. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Varnado LA 70467, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church (approx. 6.8 miles away); Old Wheat Cemetery (approx. 7½ miles away in Mississippi); Bogalusa's Birthplace (approx. 8 miles away); At This Very Site (approx. 8 miles away); Ford Home (approx. 8.1 miles away in Mississippi); A. Z. Young's Home - Civil Rights Leader (approx. 8.4 miles away); Robert "Bob" Hicks/ Robert "Bob" Hicks Street (approx. 8.6 miles away).
Deputy O'Neal Moore Marker image. Click for full size.
March 23, 2018
3. Deputy O'Neal Moore Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 31, 2018.

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