In a time of despair, when African American men and women were looked at differently, there was a certain man who stood out brighter than most for his accomplishments and hard work. A man with goals and drive like no other man alive today. I’m talking about a man who was a resident of the central valley, Gabriel Moore.
July 2nd 1812 a baby boy was born as a slave without a choice under the name of Gabriel Moore in the great state of Alabama. His childhood was not a normal one that any child today would have. Can you imagine being forced into slavery without a choice? There is not much to say about his childhood life. In 1852, Gabriel Moore had been bought by brothers, Richard and William Glenn. Shortly after, Gabriel boarded a wagon train in Austin Texas led by Henry and Delilah Akers. They began a treacherous Journey and settled near a town called Centerville in the great state of California.
Gabriel Moore earned his freedom here and right fully so. Gabe became a farmer and a cattle rancher; he was very good at it. Gabe made his way up the latter to earn himself 114 acres of land, with many animals for his ranch. Gabe grew his ranch larger and larger throughout his time in the valley, producing many head of cattle, Spanish horses, and hogs. Also including companions like Dogs and Cats for the Family. Gabe had hired his neighbors to heard his cattle into the mountains during the summer time to graze the open fields. Among the growing property Gabe also contributed to the community by building the first rock dam over the mighty Kings River to divert water into a small irrigating canal to irrigate 20 acres of potatoes and corn that he had planted, He also planted the first apple and fig orchards in the area, also contributing to his growing wealth.
Gabe Hired many different men and women to work his land and heard his cattle, there was one incident...