THE MOORE PLACE COMMUNITY ~Remnant of a Time Gone By
Throughout her life, Gwen has been passionate about family and the importance of knowing one's history and genealogy. Because of the rich history that she has uncovered about her family, she was inspired to write a book about it. Born in 1956 in Bellamy, Alabama, she is the daughter of Walter and Leola Sanders Moore and the wife of Gerard DeLaine. She has three children and the proud grandmother of eleven grandchildren. For the first four years of her education, she attended Bethel Hill School which was established by her great grandfather Tom Moore, Sr. Bethel Hill School was located in the Moore Place community now listed on the U.S. map as Moore Town in Coatopa, Alabama. She graduated from Livingston High School in 1974. She earned an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science in 1977 from the college of business at then- Livingston University, now University of West Alabama. After graduating, she was employed by the Sumter County Commissioners as a clerk in the Tax Assessors office and in 1979, employed by the Sumter County School System as secretary to the superintendent. She was the first African American to hold both positions. After twenty six years of employment with the school system, she retired on June 30, 2005. On March 1, 2010, she was employed by Children of the Village Network, Inc. as their intervention and prevention programs director.