Moore Station

was settled by black people newly freed from slavery. They wanted a place where they could live together.

Article By JOHN H. COX
Athens Review Staff Writer
(Written prior to 1982; Exact Date Unknown)

The iron ore soil looks untillable. Old tree stumps give evidence of where part of the mighty East Texas forest once stood. The homes and businesses that dot the area bring memories of a different time.  One thing noticeable is the fact that all the people are black. The town has a population of 200 people.

Moore Station is one of the few all black towns in the state.  And it always has been, ever since 1876 when Anderson and Lucinda Moore donated a plot of land for a Methodist Church and school. The land borders on Flat Creek where the creek now runs into Lake Palestine. Such was the beginning of Moore Station. Now, over 100 years later, the family history committee of the Henderson Count Historical Commission is attempting to put together the trials and tribulation of the citizens of Moore Station.

Mrs. Estell Corder, chairman of the family history committee, has spent much time in piecing together the history of Moore Station through scraps of information gained by interview and research.

After the War Between the States, quite a few previous slaving holding men were left without there main asset, black people. Some of these mem had moved to the safety of Henderson County from out of state during the conflict.

When the war was over and the…..

From accounts that the Historical Society have been able to put together, after a time of rejoicing for the new found freedom, many became fearful that the previous white masters would harm them.

Together, they retreated to the “high ground” that the Moore’s had donated. Through the years, the community has stayed. In the early years, the livelihood of the mem was composed of hunting, trapping, hiring out as farm hands and selling logs for firewood. Hard work that doesn’t bring in much money. For the women, bringing up the family has been the main responsibility.

After irrigation made cotton a big crop in West Texas, many of the residents would pack up and move west during the harvest season. Then they would return to their homes during the balance of the year.