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Harry Tyson Moore

Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park

 
 
Harry Tyson Moore Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 21, 2021
1. Harry Tyson Moore Marker
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The Civil Rights Movement in Florida began with the early work and untimely death of Harry T. Moore, an African-American civil rights worker in Brevard County. Harry Tyson Moore was a teacher, a principal, and civil rights worker. He became the Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of the Florida State Conference from 1947 to 1951.

In 1934, he organized and became President of the first Brevard County Branch of the NAACP. He graduated from Bethune-Cookman College with a Normal Degree in 1936 and later went on to finish his B.S. Degree in 1951. In 1937, he organized a lawsuit against the Board of public education seeking equal pay for both Black and White teachers. This went to court in 1939 and was the first civil rights law suit in the Deep South.

In 1945 he formed the Progressive Voters League of Florida and became its Executive Director. That same year he organized the voter registration drives.

Being a Black outspoken leader has many consequences during those Jim Crows days, and Harry T. Moore and his wife were both fired from their teaching
Harry Tyson Moore Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 21, 2021
2. Harry Tyson Moore Marker
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positions. He and his wife were murdered in their home in Mims by a bomb detonated under their bedroom on Christmas Eve 1951, and it was their 25th wedding anniversary. Their deaths marked an historical first, as they were the only husband and wife martyred for the Civil Rights Movement.

In addition, Harry T. Moore was the first NAACP executive to be assassinated. Both President Truman and Florida Governor Fuller Warren received countless protest letters and telegrams. An FBI extensive investigation was launched but the murders have never been solved.
 
Erected by Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is December 24, 1951.
 
Location. 28° 39.261′ N, 80° 50.665′ W. Marker is in Mims, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from Freedom Avenue, 0.3 miles south of Parker Street, on the left when traveling south. The marker is located within the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims FL 32754, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (a few steps from this marker); Rosa Parks (within shouting distance of this
Moore Home replica image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 21, 2021
3. Moore Home replica
marker); March On Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Homesite (within shouting distance of this marker); Voting Rights Act (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom Riders (within shouting distance of this marker); Groveland Four (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brown v. Board of Education (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mims.
 
Also see . . .
1. Harriette and Harry Moore Murders. (Submitted on July 23, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park website. (Submitted on July 23, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 21, 2021
4. Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on July 24, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 4, 2022