70 Years After Their Deaths, Slain Civil Rights Leaders Could Get Their Jobs Back
In 1946, their fight to better the lives of Black Americans in the Jim Crow South cost them their jobs. Six years later, it cost them their lives.
Today, Harry and Harriette Moore — a pair of Mims educators sometimes called the "first martyrs" of the modern civil rights movement — are still broadly unknown, even in the county they called home.
December 25 also marks the 69th anniversary of the violent murders of two Floridians whose names I hope you know:
HARRY T. and HARRIETTE V. MOORE
On Christmas night, 1951, Harry T. and Harriette Moore celebrated not only Christmas as believers but their 25th wedding anniversary. That evening, a bomb (put in by the KKK - no arrests were ever made) went off in their house, eventually killing this couple.
This family was a target because Harry T. Moore was then with the Florida NAACP and was successful in registering African-Americans to vote. Florida had one of the highest levels of African-American registration because of this work. Both he and his wife worked also for equal pay for African-American teachers. Harry T. Moore was raised by a single mother whose husband died when Harry was nine. Harry T. Moore’s mother (Rosa Moore, seen below after her son’s murder) worked in many hard jobs - including laboring in cotton fields - to provide for the family and would live to see her son murdered and the hands of her son’s murderers washed clean.
Brevard County Groups Push to Preserve Legacy of Local Civil Rights Pioneers
Two groups in Brevard County are making plans to ask the school board to preserve the legacy of two civil rights pioneers, Harry T. Moore and Harriette V. Moore who died after their Mims home was bombed on Christmas night in 1951.
Smithsonian to Display Harry T. Moore Items
When the Smithsonian Institution's newest museum – the National Museum of African American History and Culture – opens next week, visitors will have the opportunity to learn, perhaps for the first time, about Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore.