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.
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.
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., Harriette V. Moore Vote Records part of Black History Event
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Voter registration records bearing the names of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore, Florida's most influential civil rights activists, will be among the highlights of kickoff ceremonies Wednesday of Brevard County Government's Black History Month Celebration.
Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott discovered the Moore's names among a century's worth of voting records, in the 1888-1948 Official Register of Electors for Mims. On March 29th, 1934, the Moore's names were recorded in the official records of the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Scott will present the historic official record book, containing the Moore's voter registration, to the Moore Cultural Center during the Black History Month Celebration, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera. The record will remain on loan to the Cultural Center for the next year. Scott's presentation is planned for 11 a.m.
The Black History Month event is open to the public. The celebration features artwork, literature, music, cultural displays, special guests, and a soul food lunch ($6) from Loyd Have Mercy and desserts by Marilyn and Monroe Soul Food. Sponsors are Webster University, Sherrie Roberts-Spears, Realtor/Coldwell Banker, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Health First and Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q.
A Black History Month presentation.
Would you like to see a United States definitive postage stamp made in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Moore?
The Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex has started a petition to the U.S. Postal Service Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee requesting the issuance of a commemorative stamp in recognition of civil rights leaders Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore.
Click here for more information and to sign the petition.
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.
Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday named Harry T. and Harriette Moore of Brevard County to the hall.
Harry Moore organized the Florida State Conference NAACP and had fought for voting rights and against unequal teacher pay. The Moores' deaths have never been officially solved but have been attributed to Ku Klux Klan members.
Governor Rick Scott Selects Three Inductees for Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame