Mims in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Voting Rights Act
Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park
Voting Rights Act, U.S. legislation (August 6, 1965) that aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment (1870 )to the Constitution of the United States. The act significantly widened the franchise and is considered among the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history.
Shortly following the American Civil War (1861-1865), the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing that the right to vote would not be denied “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Soon afterward the U.S. Congress enacted legislation that made it a federal crime to interfere with an individual’s right to vote and that otherwise protected the rights promised to former slaves under both the Fourteenth (1868) and Fifteenth amendments. In some states of the former Confederacy, African Americans became a majority or near majority of the eligible voting population, and African American candidates ran and were elected to office at all levels of government.
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Erected by Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park .
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights. A significant historical date for this entry is August 6, 1965.
Location. 28° 39.226′ N, 80° 50.674′ W. Marker is in Mims, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from Freedom Avenue, 0.3 miles Parker Street, on the left when traveling south. The marker is located within the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2180 Freedom Avenue, Titusville FL 32796, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. March On Washington (a few steps from this marker); Freedom Riders (a few steps from this marker); Rosa Parks (within shouting distance of this marker); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (within shouting distance of this marker); Groveland Four (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Tyson Moore (within shouting distance of this marker); Brown v. Board of Education (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Rock Nine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mims.
Also see . . . 1965 Voting Rights Act. (Submitted on July 31, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.