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Apex Museum Founder and CEO Dan Moore Sr. Passes Away

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Apex Museum Founder and CEO Dan Moore Sr. Passes Away

Noted filmmaker and museum founder Dan A. Moore, Sr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After high school, Moore worked in several jobs but found his true calling in 1967 when he began producing films.

His first film was a documentary entitled On Patrol for God, filmed at a Christian rally he helped to organize. A few years later, Moore went to Liberia on Africa’s west coast and made the film Welcome Home, which was sponsored by the Liberian government on the condition that he return and make a second film, which he did.

He would return to Africa and travel to several other countries, as well. He later made films featuring Bill Cosby and Gale Sayers, among others. Moore also produced, wrote, and directed The Journey (Narrated by Ossie Davis) and, Sweet Auburn Street of Pride (Narrated by Cicely Tyson and Julian Bond), and A New Time for a New Voice (featured and the MLK, Jr, center in Atlanta.)

Celebrating 45 years, The APEX Museum Where Every Month Is Black History Month! 

Nestled on a street once known as The Richest Negro Street in the World (Fortune Magazine, 1956); sitting directly across from a 107 year old business started by a former slave (Alonzo Herdon), and housed within a 100 year old building erected brick by brick by African-American masons; lies the APEX Museum.  

The APEX Museum is the oldest Black History Museum located in the city of Atlanta. It was founded in 1978 by veteran filmmaker Dan Moore Sr., who was inspired by the life of Dr. Benjamin Mays.  Over 65,000 individuals visit the APEX Museum from all 50 states as well as 50 foreign countries.  The museum maintains a diverse and educating display by routinely changing its exhibits on a quarterly schedule and is the only museum in Metropolitan Atlanta solely dedicated to telling the rich and often untold story of people of the African Diaspora.

The name APEX is an acronym for African American Panoramic Experience, and thus provides visitors with a complete view of African and African American history and culture.

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