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Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) was an African-American fiction writer, journalist, essayist, playwright and poet. Born Alice Ruth Moore on 19 July 1975 in New Orleans, she was the daughter of the merchant marine Joseph Moore, and his wife Patricia, who was a seamstress. The family was of mixed black, white and Indian ancestry, and Moore's complexion was so fair that she was often mistaken for a white person -- a fact which would have an impact on her writing, as well as her personal choices. From her earliest years, Moore immersed herself in European culture: literature, theatre and the opera. After graduating from Straight College (now Dillard University) in New Orleans in 1892, she embarked on what was to be a lifelong teaching career. After working at a New Orleans school for four years, in 1896 Moore and her mother left the South and settled with her sister and brother-in-law in a suburb of Boston. In the following year, Moore moved to New York City to take up a teaching position in Brooklyn. After spending a year there, she co-founded (with Viola Earle Matthews) the White Rose Mission (later the White Rose Home for Girls) in Harlem.

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