JoCora C. Moore, a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Public History, was born and raised in Plymouth, North Carolina. After graduating from Plymouth High School in 2011, she attended North Carolina Central University, earning a BA degree in History, Secondary Education in December 2014. In the Fall of 2015, JoCora continued her education at North Carolina Central University to pursue a Master’s degree in History. Under the direction of Dr. Jerry Gershenhorn, she completed her thesis, “The Making of a Movement: The Fight for Educational, Political, and Employment Opportunities in Washington County, North Carolina, 1941-1981,” which discussed the Civil Rights Movement of her hometown. In December 2017, JoCora graduated with an MA degree in History. In 2019, JoCora was selected for the Robert F. Smith Internship and Fellowship Program through the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She completed her twelve-week internship at Historic Stagville in Durham, North Carolina, where she worked on transcribing, visitors services, and event planning.
Under the direction of Dr. Blair LM Kelley, JoCora’s dissertation examines the local stories of the Civil Rights Movement and how the media and museums have interpreted these stories. The research will examine three museums in the United States, the role of media when discussing the civil rights movement, and the current discussion of Black Lives Matter in the 21st century.
Currently, JoCora is the instructor for African American History Since 1865.
Teaching and Research Interests
- African American Public History
- Museum Studies
- Civil Rights Movement
- US 20th Century
- Historic Stagville presents “Family History Day 2020”, RFS Internship, February 8, 2020
- Somerset Place Historic Site Presents “From Slavery to Freedom,” A Two-Day Event for Black History Month, February 21 – 22, 2020
Extension and Community Engagement
- Volunteer Tour Guide at Historic Stagville, Durham North Carolina.
- Member of Historians for a Better Future
- 2020 National Council on Public History Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, Working Group Presentation
Title: Working with Descendant Communities
- 2019 Association of African American Museums Conference, Jackson, Mississippi
Title: “Training the Next Generation of Professionals: Robert Frederick Smith Internships”
BA History, Secondary Education North Carolina Central University 2014
MA History North Carolina Central University 2017