Thursday, February 9, 2012

Springfield author tours nation to share history

Springfield resident and historian Robert Moore, 68, a former U.S. Marshal has dedicated his retirement years to the history of African Americans in the U.S. Marshals Service. He is touring the nation with an exhibit he created on African American marshals and promoting his book, The Presidents Men: Black United States Marshals in America.

Moore grew up in Mississippi and served in the U.S. Army before moving to Rockford, where he joined the Illinois State Police as a trooper. He came to Springfield to take on the role of Equal Employment Opportunity director for the state police. He has worked as deputy police chief of Savannah, Ga., as chief of internal affairs for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, as a private consultant on minority hiring, and as chief of police in Jackson, Miss.

He also earned two degrees – a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a master’s in public administration – from Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois at Springfield. Moore served as a U.S. Marshal from 1994 to 2002 on appointment by President Bill Clinton.

Moore was featured in an February 9, 2012, article in the Illinois Times.

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