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08 September 2016

Obituary for Former Slave, Primus Moore

Primus MooreAccording to his obituary, Primus Moore was born about 1829.  Upon his death in 1904, he was laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery.  This land adjacent to Rose Hill Cemetery (and considered to be part of) was originally planned by Simi Rose to be a burial space for slaves.

The Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
Friday Morning, 16 September 1904 [Georgia Historic Newspapers]

DEATH OF ESTEEMED COLORED CITIZEN

Primus Moore One of the Oldest Colored Citizens of This City Died at His Home Yesterday -- Was Highly Esteemed by Everybody.

Primus Moore, one of the oldest colored citizens of Macon and a contractor and brick layer of wide reputation, died at his residence, 122 Spring street yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.

He was about 75 years old and belonged in the time of slavery to James Ayers a contractor who taught him his trade.  Primus Moore was one of the most highly respected colored citizens of Macon and this section.  He was one of the oldest subscribers to the Telegraph.

He has a son who is a physician, one a pharmacist, one a brick layer and one a carrier in the postal service.  These were educated in the best colored educational institutions of the country and brought up as highly respected citizens.

Primus Moore had many friends among the white citizens of Macon, and was regarded as one of the best colored citizens of this section.  He has labored for nearly all of the older inhabitants of Macon and always won the respect of every one on account of his fairness, honesty and industry.

Many of his friends among both races inquired about his condition at the residence yesterday and regretted to learn of his death last night.

The funeral will occur this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the residence.

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