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The Harry T. Moore Story

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Harry T. Moore - Brevard's First Civil Rights Hero
 
Harry T. Moore was one of the first civil rights activists in Florida. He organized the first Brevard Chapter of the NAACP and was the catalyst in starting chapters all over the state, contributing to perhaps the organizations largest period of growth in the 1940's and early 50's. He was ultimately killed, along with his wife Harriet by a bomb planted beneath their home in Mims, a small town in North Brevard.

 
Locally, the Brevard County Courthouse in Viera is named in honor of the Moore's. The couple's home was bombed Christmas Night, 1951. This was also the couples 25th wedding anniversary. Their homesite is now home to the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Cultural Center. Located at 2180 Freedom Ave. Mims, FL 32754. The Moore Cultural Complex is a not-for-profit corporation which maintains programs for the Moore Memorial Park and Cultural Center. Link to the offical website at www.harryharriettemoore.org
 

 
While the case was investigated several times, no one was ever arrested in the killings. In August 2006, Attorney General Charlie Crist said an investigation by his office and The Florida Department of Law Enforcement had assembled enough circumstantial evidence to name the four alleged killers, all deceased. According to Crist, Earl J. Brooklyn, Tillman H. Bevlin, Joseph N. Cox and Edward L. Spivey were behind the bombing. All four were members of the Ku Klux Klan. Ben Green, wrote of the Moore's life and work in his book Before His Time-The Story of Harry T. Moore, America's First Civil Rights Martyr.
 
PBS produced an excellent film documentary titled Freedom Never Dies-The Legacy of Harry T. Moore. The PBS website includes many resources for continuing study of Harry T. and Harriet V. Moore as well as a timeline of anti civil rights terror of the time and classroom resources for teachers and students.  

 
Purchase the video, Freedom Never Dies-The Legacy of Harry T. Moore and download additional study materials at www.pbs.org/harrymoore
 
 

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