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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Ben F. Moore

(1848-1914)

 
 
Ben F. Moore Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2022
1. Ben F. Moore Marker
Inscription.  Ben F. Moore was born enslaved in Alabama in 1848 to Muddy and Hannah Moore. In 1873, he married Mittie Spencer (1852-19??). The couple had fourteen children, six of whom survived to adulthood. Moore was a tenant farmer turned carpenter and lived on St. John Street.

Nearly four decades after his death, Ben Moore's name graced the facade of Montgomery's first modern African American hotel, built by his son, Matthew Franklin Moore (1893-1956), a graduate of Alabama State University and a carpenter and framer by profession. Moore contracted with the Brewer Building Service to construct the three-story structure at the corner of High and Jackson Streets at a cost of $75,000. Made of brick, concrete blocks, and steel, the "fireproof," twenty-eight room Ben Moore Hotel opened on September 23, 1951.

A grocery concern, drug store, and the Majestic Cafe occupied the building's first floor. Hotel rooms were located on the second and third floors. The facility featured a rooftop garden, penthouse, bandstand, and other amenities for entertaining. For decades, this hotel named in honor of a formerly enslaved man was a place of refuge for
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African American travelers in an age of segregation and the site of important meetings during the Civil Rights Movement.
 
Erected 2021 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureCemeteries & Burial SitesIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Association series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
 
Location. 32° 22.035′ N, 86° 15.904′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Lincoln Road, 0.1 miles north of Harrison Road, on the right when traveling north. Located in Lincoln Cemetery at the gravesite. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1130 Lincoln Rd, Montgomery AL 36109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln Cemetery / Rufus Payne, 1884-1939 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hugh A. Carson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Montgomery County Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Remount Depot / Keyton Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Site of St. James Holt Crossing Baptist Church (approx. one mile away); Forest Avenue's Medical Facilities / Oak Park Montgomery's First Public Park
Ben F. Moore Marker & Grave image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2022
2. Ben F. Moore Marker & Grave
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Capitol Heights (approx. 1.3 miles away); Capitol Heights Elementary School (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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