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Darlene Moore Papers

Identifier: brfa009

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into three series, papers, photographs, Camphor Methodist Church. Papers are organized into files by topic. The photographs are largely unidentified and will require further processing. A series specific to Camphor Methodist Church was added in May of 2017. Charge Conference Reports are an annual summary of church activities


  • Approximately 1985-2014

Biographical / Historical

Darlene Moore was born in New Orleans, La. February 4, 1964. She grew up in Mandeville, La. graduating from Mandeville High School in 1982. She “received confirmation and accepted the call to ministry on March 1, 1983 from her sister Charlene Marie Moore Donahue less than an hour before she died in a car accident”. She attended Dillard University in New Orleans graduating in 1986 with a BA in Urban Studies and Public Policy. She then went on to attend Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Ga., graduating in 1990 with a Master’s of Divinity and Concentration on Christian Education. Moore married high school sweetheart Joshua James in Ocho Rios Jamaica on December 15, 1987. She gave birth to her son Joshua on August 28, 1989. She was ordained Deacon in June 1991 by Bishop W.T. Handy. Moore’s pastoral career has seen her break the gender barrier in pulpits of the United Methodist Church. She was the first female pastor to head the Camphor United Memorial Methodist Church in Baton Rouge La., Appointed in 2002 by William Bishop Hutchison. Her works as pastor in the community of Baton Rouge reflect a deep commitment to community and family.

History of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church:

“In the early part of 1917 there was not a Methodist Church in Scotlandville. Those dedicated individuals who had been meeting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Bradford sought the guidance of the late Reverend Amos M. Taylor, pastor of Thompson Chapel, Baker, Louisiana. Reverend Taylor talked with the group and later, at his request, the District Superintendent, the late Reverend J.A. Landry, came to the community to organize a Methodist Church. Soon after the organization of the church, it was learned that a real estate company was donating property to various denominations. So the officers contacted the agent and were given a lot on Stilt Street where a frame building was erected with Messrs. Minus Fields, John Douglas, and Ernest Woodard hauling the first load of lumber. The first church drive to finance the building was called a Stake Drive, and each person who drove a stake paid $1.00 per drive. Wallace L. Bradford, the son of the president of the Trustee Board, drove the first stake in the absence of his father. The church was named Taylor Methodist Episcopal Church. Several years later, through the effort of the District Superintendent and the pastor, $500.00 was donated by the Board of Missions. During those early years Bishop Thirkield visited the church and gave encouragement to the members. He donated the first organ and some lights. The present site (three lots) was purchased by the General Church for $1000.00, and a donation of $2,300.00 was given for a parsonage. In 1922, under the direction of the District Superintendent, the late Rev. Walter Scott Chinn, who was also acting pastor, the church building was moved from Stilt Street to Scenic Highway and Teal Street. At that time the name was changed to Camphor Memorial Methodist Church, the second official name of the church, in honor of Bishop A.P. Camphor. Darlene Moore was the 19th Pastor of Camphor and is the first woman to serve in that position.


11 box

2 framed items

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The materials were in no clear order and the archivist used a topical system to impose order on the collection.

Physical Location

BRS R9 9.1-9.5

Custodial History

These materials were donated by Pastor Moore in 2011.

Related Materials

Materials have also been donated to Amistad Research Center of Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Some of the materials have not been processed but most have. For more information visit the Amistad website (

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melissa Eastin in July and August 2011. Additional items were added to the collection in January of 2015 donated by Darlene A. Moore. Processed by Emily Ward in January of 2015. Additional items were added to the collection in May of 2016; processed by Amanda Arceneaux on May 12, 2016.
Darlene Moore Papers
Emily Ward
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Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA