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Mims in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery

 
 
LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
1. LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In the early 1900s, a two acre parcel of land north of LaGrange Community Church and Cemetery was given to the Mims colored community for a cemetery. Earliest marked graves are dated 1903; many are unmarked. In the 1800s both blacks and whites worshipped at the LaGrange Community Church. In 1894, after organizing their own congregation, St James Colored Missionary Baptist Church acquired land in Mims and in 1904 built their own church. In June 1913, trustees of that church purchased this parcel from the East Coast Cattle Company to be used as a cemetery, then referred to as the Mims Colored Cemetery. Many of North Brevard's pioneering black families rest in this hallowed ground with family names of Abrams, Bell, Brothers, Brown, Campbell, Cuyler, Grant, Gibson, Highsmith, McKenzie, Mitchell, Seigler, Simms, Strickland, Warren, and Williams. Most noted are the graves of Harry T. Moore and Harriette V. Simms Moore, civil rights activists. Moore was chapter president of Brevard County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and later NAACP Florida Convention president/state coordinator. On Christmas Eve, 1951 the Moores were killed when their home, located near this site, was bombed.
 
Erected 2003 by The Brevard County Historical Society and Florida Department of State
LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
2. LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery Marker
Looking south along Old Dixie Highway.
. (Marker Number F-488.)
 
Location. 28° 38.459′ N, 80° 50.254′ W. Marker is in Mims, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and Diamond Road, on the left when traveling south on Old Dixie Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Titusville FL 32796, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. LaGrange Community Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); LaGrange Community Church (about 500 feet away); Site of the First Church (about 500 feet away); Oliver's Camp (approx. 0.7 miles away); Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Homesite (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hernandez Trail (approx. 1 miles away); Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Mims (approx. 1 miles away); Titusville Veteran's Memorial Fishing Pier (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mims.
 
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LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery Graves image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
3. LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery Graves
Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Grave image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
4. Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Grave
"In Memory of Those Who Gave Their Lives"
Note that the grave gives the correct year of Mrs. Moore's death. She died on January 3, 1952, at the hospital in Sanford, Florida, some days after the Christmas day attack that killed Harry T. Moore.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 131 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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