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Legacy of barbershop owner lauded by General Assembly

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The General Assembly has memorialized the life of the late James Moore Sr., a community leader and owner of Moore’s Barbershop.

Moore, who died last November at age 88, was “a pillar of the Hall’s Hill community” who throughout his life was guided by the principles of “excellent customer service, strong personal relationships with clients, and generosity to the community.”

“He believed that every interaction had meaning and even small gestures could change someone’s life for the better,” noted the resolution, patroned by Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington).

The measure passed both houses of the legislature unanimously.


A U.S. Army military-police officer during the Korean War and volunteer firefighter at what is now Fire Station #8, Moore and business partner Rudolf Becton in 1960 established the barbershop on Lee Highway (now Langston Boulevard). At the time, it was the lone barber establishment in the county that served a multiracial clientele.

Moore was lauded as a trusted mentor to the young. They included his son, James Moore Jr., who followed in his footsteps as owner of the barbershop.

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