Undine Smith Moore was born in Jarrett and reared in Petersburg. She is best known for her choral works but was also a composer, pianist, arranger, and educator. Moore drew on African American sources such as Negro spirituals for compositions. She taught music at Virginia State University from 1927 to 1972 where she was awarded an honorary doctorate of music award for being an exceptional educator. Other awards include the National Association of Negro Musicians Distinguished Achievement Award and the Virginia Governor’s Award in the Arts. In 1968, she co-founded the Black Music Center at Virginia State.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Petersburg
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - Petersburg, Second Street
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