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The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Blake Hill-Saya and C. Eileen Welch for a reading and signing of the new biography, Aaron McDuffie Moore: An African American Physician, Educator, and Founder of Durham’s Black Wall Street.
Aaron McDuffie Moore (1863–1923) was born in rural Columbus County in eastern NC at the close of the Civil War. Dr. Moore graduated from Leonard Medical School in 1888 and became the first practicing African American physician in the city of Durham. He went on to establish the Durham Drug Company and the Durham Colored Library; cofound the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company; help launch Rosenwald schools for African American children statewide; and foster the development of Durham's Hayti community.
Dr. Moore was one-third of the mighty "Triumvirate" alongside John Merrick and C. C. Spaulding, credited with establishing Durham as the capital of the African American middle class in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and founding Durham's famed Black Wall Street. The examination of his life in the new biography, Aaron McDuffie Moore, provides key insights into the history of Durham, the state, and the nation during Reconstruction and the beginning of the Jim Crow Era.
Blake Hill-Saya is a classical musician and creative writer living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the biography Aaron McDuffie Moore: An African American Physician, Educator, and Founder of Durham’s Black Wall Street (UNC Press). Hill-Saya is a descendant of Aaron McDuffie Moore.
C. Eileen Watts Welch is the president and CEO of Durham Colored Library, Inc. Welch wrote the afterword to Aaron McDuffie Moore and was involved in the full research process. She is a descendant of Aaron McDuffie Moore.