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Starnes Proudly Celebrates Black History Month

February 15, 2024 Starnes Proudly Celebrates Black History Month

Starnes Davis Florie LLP proudly celebrates Black History Month by honoring and recognizing Moses Wensleydale Moore, the first African American admitted to practice before the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore was born on February 15, 1841, in Demerara, British Guiana as a free man and citizen of the United Kingdom. Moses sailed to the United States in 1867, and he was one of the first students to enroll at Howard University School of Law. After graduating law school in 1871, Moore was first admitted in the District of Columbia. Later in 1871, Moore moved to Mobile, Alabama, and he presented himself for examination for admission to the Mobile Bar. Alabama Supreme Court Retired Justice Lyman Gibbons examined Moore in open court, and he was the first African American admitted to the Mobile Bar. Four months later, Moore was admitted to practice before the Alabama Supreme Court on January 4, 1872.

Read more about Moses Wensleydale Moore, and Alabama’s First African American Lawyers, via the Alabama State Bar website.

Citations: John G. Browning, Blazing the Trail: Alabama’s First Black Lawyers, The Ala. Law. (Jan. 2022), at 21-27.; Moses Wenslydale Moore, Ala. Law. Ass’n (last visited Feb. 1, 2024), https://ala-lawyers.org/moses-wenslydale-moore/.
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