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The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; and closed Saturday and Sunday, except for group appointments.
Harry T. Moore HomesiteThe Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park has been developed to commemorate the lives of two pioneering American black civil rights workers. Harry and Harriette were leading human rights activists in Brevard County, in Florida, and in the nation. They organized the first Brevard County Branch of the NAACP in 1934, and he led the Florida organization and the fight for equality and justice until their deaths. As executive secretary of the Progressive Voters League, he helped break down registration barriers and was responsible for the registration of tens of thousands of black Americans throughout Florida.
They were murdered in their home in Mims when a bomb was exploded under their bedroom on Christmas evening, 1951, their 25th wedding anniversary. It was the first killing of a prominent civil rights leader, and was a spark that ignited the American civil rights movement.
Harry T. Moore is remembered by his students for his dignity, his determination, his compassion, his discipline, and the great value he placed on education. He is remembered by those with whom he worked, as a gentleman of learning, ethics, courage and persistence; who had a deep appreciation for the values that make America great.
The cultural center features a timeline of strategic events of the pre-civil rights era. Serving to stimulate appreciation of African-American culture and heritage, programs will include visual, literary and performing arts, as well as on-site and outreach exhibitions. The center will soon be offering lectures, drama, dance, reading, and creative writing, and is a meeting place for community organizations. The 100-seat conference center has surround sound with a backlit screen. The library offers visitor access to reference materials relating to people of African descent. Landscaped with indigenous trees and foliage, and well shaded by large oaks, the park is ideal for concerts, weddings, games and other outdoor activities.
The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum
BLACK HISTORY MONTH Brevard County Press Releases:
NATIONAL THEME: THE CRISIS IN BLACK EDUCATION
January 31, 2017
Freedom 5K Set for Feb. 25 at Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial ParkMIMS, Fla. – The Heritage Freedom 5K will be held starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park, located at 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims.
To register for the race online go to www.runningzone.com/events/freedom-5k/. Through Feb. 13: Adults $25, Kids (18 & under) $20. Feb. 14 – Race Day: Adults $30, Kids (18 & under) $25
Immediately following the race there will be an essay competition award ceremony, as well as the race ceremony awards. We will be having a free pancake breakfast under the pavilion for all runners and walkers immediately following the race. For all others who would like to eat breakfast there will be a $5 cost.
Contact the Harry T. Moore Cultural Center at (321) 264-6595 for further information on this activity. This event is sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation North Area Parks Operations in partnership with, Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Inc.
January 30, 2017
The Moore's Musical Mix Event Set for Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Park
MIMS, FL. – The Moore's Musical Mix will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum, 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims, FL.
The Moore's Musical Mix is a program in commemoration of Black History Month to celebrate African American music. African American music is an umbrella term covering a diverse range of music and musical genres largely developed by African Americans.
The Moore's Musical will be a genre of music ranging from Jazz, Gospel, Rap, Rock, Latin, and Old School etc. Local individuals and groups will be performing at the event. Please come out and join us for this free event. Please contact the Cultural Center for additional information at (321) 264-6595.
January 27, 2017
Black History Month Celebration Events Set for February in North BrevardMIMS, FL. – The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum, 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims, Florida, 32754, will hold multiple events through the month of February to celebrate Black History Month. All events will occur at The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center unless otherwise noted.
Black History Month Opening Ceremony, from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1: Spend the evening with us at the Old Gibson School to commemorate the start of Black History Month! This event will take place at Gibson Center, 835 Sycamore Street, Titusville, FL, 32780.
Growing Up African American During the Jim Crowe Era. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11: An open discussion about what it was like to grow up as an African American during the Jim Crowe era.
The Moore's Musical Mix, from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12: Join us for African American music and dance performances!
2nd Annual Heritage Freedom 5k Run/Walk & Essay Contest, from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 25: Join the community for a run/walk followed by an award ceremony and a pancake breakfast! Register online for the run/walk at www.runningzone.com/events/freedom-5k/. The cost for the run/walk through Feb. 13: Adults $25, Kids (18 & under) $20. Feb. 14– Race Day: Adults $30, Kids (18 & under) $25
Black History Month Closing Ceremony, 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28: Come enjoy closing ceremonies with us!
Please contact the Cultural Center for additional information at (321) 264-6595.
Harry T. Moore Memorial ServiceDecember 7, 2016 - Press Release
December 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM
The LaGrange Cemetery
Brevard County Area NAACP Branches (Brevard County) FLA. – The North, Central and South Brevard County Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) invite the residents of Brevard County to the Annual Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Gravesite Memorial Service. The ceremony will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the LaGrange Cemetery, 1575 Old Dixie Hwy, Mims, FL. Immediately following the gravesite memorial participants will reconvene at the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore
The rich history of the Moore's and their tragic demise is a part of American history. The Moore's were fearless civil rights leaders who worked tirelessly and risked everything, including their lives, advocating on behalf of voiceless Black Americans. The Moore's advocated for equal rights, equal pay, equal justice and the right for Blacks to vote in Brevard County and across the state of Florida. The Moore's traveled the back roads of Florida in the 1930's through 1951 registering Black voters and addressing civil rights injustices.
In 1951 on Christmas night, Mr. Moore's life was cut short by an assassin's bomb that was places under the bedroom of the Moore's home in Mims, FL. In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Moore medical treatment he was rushed to the nearest hospital that would accept Black people during that era, and it was in Sanford, FL. Unfortunately we lost a true American hero that night. Mrs. Moore, a woman of tremendous strength and faith was also severely injured in the blast. Through the grace of God she was able to see her husband laid to rest. A few days later Mrs. Harriette Vyda Moore like her husband Mr. Harry Tyson Moore would too succumb to the cowardly assassin's bomb. This year's memorial will mark the 65th anniversary of the Moore's assassination.
The legacy and sacrifice of the Moore family is worthy of honor and this story must never die; this is American history.
Randle Clay, President
North Brevard County NAACP
A 501(c)3 organization providing community support for the Moore Memorial Park and Cultural Complex.
P.O. Box 817, 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims, FL 32754
The Moore Cultural Complex Board meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month,
beginning at 6:30pm in at the Moore Memorial Park Complex Center.
The facility is managed by Brevard County Parks and Recreation, North Area.
Call (321) 264-6595 for more information on the park, cultural center, activities, and rentals.
Harry T. Moore's Personal Papers Returned to Daughter
Scans of the papers are available on MyFloridaLegal.com
- Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Cultural Center
- Florida House Speaker Byrd's tribute to the Moores - Feb. 6, 2004
- PBS - Freedom Never Dies: The Story of Harry T. Moore
- Florida Attorney General reopens murder investigation
The County started working with the Brevard County Branch of the NAACP in 1989 to acquire the property which was purchased in 1994. In 1992 the Harry T. Moore Homesite Development Committee of the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department was established in cooperation with the Brevard County branch of the NAACP to initiate development of the property. The site now serves as a memorial to the Moores, an education and interpretive center, and as a center for social and cultural activities in the community. In April, 1998, the State of Florida provided $700,000 to fund the Harry T. Moore Memorial Park in Mims.
The site is located at the south end of Freedom Avenue, off Parker Street in Mims. Future plans include a reconstruction of the Moore's six room house, with memorabilia from the Moores lives; picnic areas; and an outdoor pavillion. It is expected that it will become an historical tourist destination.
The Grand Opening for the Moore Memorial Park and the Cultural Complex was April 2004.
Seeking information and artifacts.The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park is seeking information from people who knew the Moores. Of particular interest is the design, layout, and furnishings of their home and items of the Moores that will help tell the story of the Moores and their lives. Our beautiful museum can now house and display artifacts safely. Written personal recollections are welcomed.
Anyone with information, knowledge or ownership of any such items is encouraged to contact Juanita Barton, Cultural Center Coordinator, Phone 321-264-6595 — firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Anthony Colucci
The recent onslaught of teacher bashing is a relief to me. It validates my belief that proclaiming the importance of education and the value of educators has always been just a bunch of lip service. Turn on most cable "news" programs, read the bold but cowardly anonymous blog comments, or listen to your neighbors. You'll quickly realize that the niceties are gone, and the truth is no longer hiding. Too many Americans don't value education and think teachers are no more than lazy buffoons. I, for one, am over it! However, I fully understand that our current thrashing was caused by our very instinct to teach instead of to act.
We masterfully get the most troubled students to perform, so we are dumbfounded when we can't get adults to comprehend what we're saying. We must realize that many in America are no longer students; they gave up learning a long time ago. Take a look at Governor Walker who refuses to listen to an opposing viewpoint because it might cause him to change his mind. There is no convincing many Americans that we are grossly underpaid, standardized testing is destructive, poverty lies at the heart of the education "crisis," drastically slashing education funding is short-sighted thinking, and merit pay is an impending disaster. So what do we do?
I am taking a lesson from educator and perhaps the greatest unsung hero of the civil rights movement, Harry T. Moore. Even in Brevard County, Florida, the home of Moore, many residents know little about him. For the past several years, I have served as a member of the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex Education Committee. I had the privilege of learning about Moore's life from his now elderly daughter, a few of his students, and handful of dedicated individuals who fight to preserve his legacy. Over sixty years after his death, Moore continues to teach. I learned countless lessons about character. His drive, passion, unwavering commitment to a just cause, and courage is nothing less than awe-inspiring. In addition, Moore's work showed me the impact that an individual can have and what it takes to create change in America.
Moore was a man of action and organization, not of thundering speeches. Perhaps this is the reason why his enormous accomplishments get little attention. Nearly two decades before Dr. King was leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Moore was risking his life and limb fighting injustice. In 1934, Moore took the courageous step of forming the Brevard County Chapter of the NAACP. Later, he became the state secretary and worked to increase membership to over 10,000. In 1937, Moore was outraged by the inequality in teacher pay that he and fellow African Americans were forced to endure. Did Moore waste his time trying to change public opinion? Of course, he didn't. Moore filed a lawsuit to try to correct the inequality, which led to his wife and himself losing their teaching jobs. Moore realized that African Americans would not change their lot by trying to convince ardent racists that their positions were wrong. Instead, he acted. Moore organized the Progressive Voters' League. Moore's daughter, Evangeline, still speaks of how Moore and his family traversed the state in the family car in an effort to get African Americans registered to vote. Truly bold actions to take in a state abound with KKK members. By 1950, 31% of African Americans in Florida were registered; this was 51% higher than in any other southern state. Moore did not stop there. He investigated corruption, police brutality cases, and every time an African American was lynched. Moore and his wife paid the ultimate price for his actions when a bomb exploded under their home on Christmas night 1951, which also marked their wedding anniversary.
The Moore's murders have never been officially solved; however, a great deal of evidence points to KKK members. In 2006, there was a startling discovery 900 yards from his house. Moore's briefcase and all its contents were found in a neighbor's barn. Rather than shedding light on the investigation, its contents shed light on Moore's work. In the briefcase were countless letters written to politicians asking them to outline their position on civil rights. From their responses or lack of, Moore was able to guide African Americans in their voting. African Americans in Florida voted as a block, and politicians knew it.
Teachers, let's stop trying to convince the masses of what we hold to be true. Let's follow Moore's example of acting and organizing. Let the politicians see our strength at the Save Our Schools March in Washington D.C. this July and other events leading up to it. Through these means we can send those who belittle education a message. We will not vote republican or democrat. Educators will be at the polls next election voting for the candidate who holds education to be a sacred responsibility!!
Anthony S. Colucci, a National Board Certified Teacher, coordinates and teaches the gifted-student program at four elementary schools in Central Florida. He is the author of Copilots, Duties & Pina Coladas: How to Be a Great Teacher, and has earned numerous awards for his innovative and creative lessons.
What do you think of Anthony Colucci's advice? Should we focus more on getting organized?