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JoCora Moore

Graduate Student

Department of History

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JoCora C. Moore, a PhD Candidate 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 research hopes to focus on the memory of the civil rights movement and the connections within the 21st century.

Office Hours

  • Wed: 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
  • Thu: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Or By Appointment


  • 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”


M.A. History North Carolina Central University 2017

B.A. History, Secondary Education North Carolina Central University 2014

Area(s) of Expertise

African American Public History, Museum Studies, Civil Rights Movement, US 20th Century