As suggested in 2005.
Would you like to see a United States definitive postage stamp made in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Moore?
August 15, 2013 InformationHarry T. Moore organized the first NAACP branch in Brevard County, Florida, in 1934. He went on to establish some fifty branches across the state. Later, he organized the first Florida State Conference of the NAACP—and served as its first president and the first paid executive secretary of a state conference.
On Christmas night in 1951, the Moores' 25th wedding anniversary, a bomb exploded under the family's home in Mims, Florida. The bomb killed Moore and fatally injured his wife, Harriette, who died nine days later. No one has ever been prosecuted for the murder of these first martyrs of the civil rights movement.
That's why we 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.
Gloria Bartley, Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex
PETITION STATEMENTWe, the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex Inc., are submitting a proposal to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee requesting the issuance of a Commemorative Stamp in recognition of Civil Rights leaders Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore. We request you support by signing the petition, which will be submitted with our proposal package. Harry T. Moore organized the first Brevard County Florida NAACP branch in 1934 and went on to establish some fifty branches across the state. He later organized the first Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches and served as its first President and the first paid Executive Secretary of a state conference. On Christmas night 1951, the Moore's twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, a bomb exploded under the Moore's Mims, Florida home killing Harry T. and fatally injuring his wife Harriette who died nine days later. No one has ever been prosecuted for the murder of these first martyrs of the civil rights movement.
2005 InformationMrs. Juanita Evangeline Moore, their daughter, would very much like to see her parents nationally honored this way. Mr. and Mrs. Moore died as a result of having their home in Mims, Florida bombed on the evening of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary in 1951 on Christmas Day. Mr. and Mrs. Moore are the only husband and wife team in American history to have sacrificed their lives through assassination, for their efforts to bring about equality for all.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore grew up in rural Florida at a time when there was no Civil Rights movement. Mr. Harry T. Moore was a shy, soft-spoken and studious man who along with his wife had been school teachers in Brevard County, Florida in the 1930's until they lost their jobs in their efforts to get equal pay and equal educational opportunities for blacks.
Although they lost their jobs they continued their civil rights activities, working to unionize black teachers, get blacks into state law schools, challenge segregated colleges and trains, register black voters, and investigate police brutality. Mr. Moore founded the Brevard County Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. and became the president of the Florida N.A.A.C.P. where he was a key figure until he and his wife were killed.
The assassination of the Moore's made front page news around the world, and was discussed at the United Nations, where U.S. delegate Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt warned, "the harm it will do us among the people of the world is untold."* Yet this warning by Mrs. Roosevelt did not stop the killings or the injustices that continued to take place and many became martyrs following in the footsteps of Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Moore.
The death and life of Mr. and Mrs. Moore remains as a symbol of how much there is a need for Black History to be recognized in America. Beginning in the month of February, set aside as Black History Month, we are asking people to sign petitions, write letters, and contact friends, relatives, schools, organizations, churches, and public officials throughout the state and nation, in an effort to have a United State's definitive postage stamp of Mr. and Mrs. Moore made to symbolize appreciation for the sacrifices that they made for equality.
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*Quote from article by Ms. Karen Dukess and Mr. Richard Hart for-Tropic, February 16, 1992