Christmas in the Park
Dec. 16 -- 5:30pm-7:00pm
Harry T. Moore Homesite
The Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park has been developed to commemorate the lives of two pioneering American black civil rights workers. Harry and Harriette were leading human rights activists in Brevard County, in Florida, and in the nation. They organized the first Brevard County Branch of the NAACP in 1934, and he led the Florida organization and the fight for equality and justice until their deaths. As executive secretary of the Progressive Voters League, he helped break down registration barriers and was responsible for the registration of tens of thousands of black Americans throughout Florida.
They were murdered in their home in Mims when a bomb was exploded under their bedroom on Christmas evening, 1951, their 25th wedding anniversary. It was the first killing of a prominent civil rights leader, and was a spark that ignited the American civil rights movement.
Harry T. Moore is remembered by his students for his dignity, his determination, his compassion, his discipline, and the great value he placed on education. He is remembered by those with whom he worked, as a gentleman of learning, ethics, courage and persistence; who had a deep appreciation for the values that make America great.
The cultural center features a timeline of strategic events of the pre-civil rights era. Serving to stimulate appreciation of African-American culture and heritage, programs will include visual, literary and performing arts, as well as on-site and outreach exhibitions. The center will soon be offering lectures, drama, dance, reading, and creative writing, and is a meeting place for community organizations. The 100-seat conference center has surround sound with a backlit screen. The library offers visitor access to reference materials relating to people of African descent. Landscaped with indigenous trees and foliage, and well shaded by large oaks, the park is ideal for concerts, weddings, games and other outdoor activities.
Evangeline Moore, daughter of Brevard civil rights pioneers, dies 10/26/2015
Click for article in Florida Today 10/27/2015
Moore Complex in Mims to get upgrades with state grant - Florida Today (November 3, 2015)
The St. Augustine RECORD - February 28, 2013
Fla. Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees announced
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Two married civil-rights activists — killed Christmas 1951 when a bomb exploded beneath their house as they slept — have been inducted into Florida's Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
Governor Rick Scott Selects Three Inductees for Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame
Florida Historical Society
The Legacy of Harry T. Moore
Memorial Park HOURS
The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; and closed Saturday and Sunday, except for group appointments.
Harry T. Moore Memorial Service
December 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM
The LaGrange Cemetery
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The North, Central and South Brevard County Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) invite the residents of Brevard County to the Annual Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Gravesite Memorial Service. The ceremony will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the LaGrange Cemetery, 1575 Old Dixie Hwy, Mims, FL.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens on September 24th, will feature a section on Harry & Harriette Moore. Among the displays will be his wallet & pocket watch and her wrist watch & locket with pictures of them.
Cocoa Post Office Re-named after the Moores
Harry Moore taught in Cocoa before moving to North Brevard to teach. "This building is named in honor of Harry T and Harriette Moore by an Act of Congress: Public Law 112-243, January 10, 2013."
Moore Artifacts Heading to the Smithsonian
Several personal efects will join information about the Moore's pioneering Civil Rights work in Brevard and Florida in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture which will be opening in 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Harry T. Moore Memorial Service
December 7, 2016 - Press Release
December 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM
The LaGrange Cemetery
Brevard County Area NAACP Branches (Brevard County) FLA. – The North, Central and South Brevard County Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) invite the residents of Brevard County to the Annual Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Gravesite Memorial Service. The ceremony will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the LaGrange Cemetery, 1575 Old Dixie Hwy, Mims, FL. Immediately following the gravesite memorial participants will reconvene at the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore
The rich history of the Moore's and their tragic demise is a part of American history. The Moore's were fearless civil rights leaders who worked tirelessly and risked everything, including their lives, advocating on behalf of voiceless Black Americans. The Moore's advocated for equal rights, equal pay, equal justice and the right for Blacks to vote in Brevard County and across the state of Florida. The Moore's traveled the back roads of Florida in the 1930's through 1951 registering Black voters and addressing civil rights injustices.
In 1951 on Christmas night, Mr. Moore's life was cut short by an assassin's bomb that was places under the bedroom of the Moore's home in Mims, FL. In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Moore medical treatment he was rushed to the nearest hospital that would accept Black people during that era, and it was in Sanford, FL. Unfortunately we lost a true American hero that night. Mrs. Moore, a woman of tremendous strength and faith was also severely injured in the blast. Through the grace of God she was able to see her husband laid to rest. A few days later Mrs. Harriette Vyda Moore like her husband Mr. Harry Tyson Moore would too succumb to the cowardly assassin's bomb. This year's memorial will mark the 65th anniversary of the Moore's assassination.
The legacy and sacrifice of the Moore family is worthy of honor and this story must never die; this is American history.
Randle Clay, President
North Brevard County NAACP
The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Inc.
A 501(c)3 organization providing community support for the Moore Memorial Park and Cultural Complex.
P.O. Box 817, 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims, FL 32754
The Moore Cultural Complex Board meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month,
beginning at 6:30pm in at the Moore Memorial Park Complex Center.
The facility is managed by Brevard County Parks and Recreation, North Area.
Call (321) 264-6595 for more information on the park, cultural center, activities, and rentals.
- Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Cultural Center
- Florida House Speaker Byrd's tribute to the Moores - Feb. 6, 2004
- PBS - Freedom Never Dies: The Story of Harry T. Moore
- Florida Attorney General reopens murder investigation
The County started working with the Brevard County Branch of the NAACP in 1989 to acquire the property which was purchased in 1994. In 1992 the Harry T. Moore Homesite Development Committee of the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department was established in cooperation with the Brevard County branch of the NAACP to initiate development of the property. The site now serves as a memorial to the Moores, an education and interpretive center, and as a center for social and cultural activities in the community. In April, 1998, the State of Florida provided $700,000 to fund the Harry T. Moore Memorial Park in Mims.
The site is located at the south end of Freedom Avenue, off Parker Street in Mims. Future plans include a reconstruction of the Moore's six room house, with memorabilia from the Moores lives; picnic areas; and an outdoor pavillion. It is expected that it will become an historical tourist destination.
The Grand Opening for the Moore Memorial Park and the Cultural Complex was April 2004.
Seeking information and artifacts.
The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park is seeking information from people who knew the Moores. Of particular interest is the design, layout, and furnishings of their home and items of the Moores that will help tell the story of the Moores and their lives. Our beautiful museum can now house and display artifacts safely. Written personal recollections are welcomed.
Anyone with information, knowledge or ownership of any such items is encouraged to contact Juanita Barton, Cultural Center Coordinator, Phone 321-264-6595 — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry, Harriette, Annie Rosalea, and Juanita Evangeline
North Brevard Branch - NAACP
Clifton Colored School ca: 1890 -- Before their time - illustrates the value placed on education by black pioneers.
A History of the Negro School in Titusville, Florida
RESOURCES WITH WHOM WE HAVE EXCHANGED LINKS
Academic Info -- African American History - An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources on Black History
Academic Info: African American History: Civil Rights Movement
African American Web Connection - William R. Jones, CCP:
Black Facts Online:
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