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The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Inc.

The Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park
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2180 Freedom Ave., Mims, FL 32754
(321) 264-6595

Memorial Park HOURS
Monday through Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Closed for Lunch: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. (Varies)
Saturdays: 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Sundays: Closed

February 23, 2021 — Brevard Public Schools: Heart of Brevard Release

School Board Approves Resolution Honoring Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore

VIERA, FL -- The School Board Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution honoring former BPS educators, and civil rights activists, Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore.

Mr. Moore was a teacher and later a principal in Brevard Public Schools from 1925 to 1946. His wife, Harriette, was a teacher from 1928 to 1946.

In 1946, the school board did not renew their employment contracts because of the Moores' civil rights activism. Mr. Moore organized the Brevard branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1941. Three years later Mr. Moore co-founded the Progressive Voters League, which helped register 116,000 Black Floridians to vote.

On Christmas Night in 1951, Harry T. Moore was killed when a bomb exploded underneath the Moore's Mims home. Harriette died nine days later.

The resolution honoring the Moores acknowledges their unfair firing by the school board in 1946, makes the Moores Brevard Public Schools Teachers Emeritus, and directs social studies curriculum to be developed and titled The Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Legacy Curriculum.

The curriculum will be taught beginning in the 2021-2022 school year and will include an *8th grade field trip to the Moore Cultural Center in Mims.
*Based on current COVID-19 Restrictions

Brevard Public Schools resolution reinstating the Moores as teachers.
CLICK for a printable PDF of this document.

Orlando Sentinel: Commentary: An inconvenient truth: Central Florida's role in civil-rights movement
January 15, 2018 -- Martin Luther King Day

Evangeline Moore, daughter of Brevard civil rights pioneers, dies 10/26/2015
Click for article in Florida Today 10/27/2015

Obituary in The Washington Post

Moore Complex in Mims to get upgrades with state grant - Florida Today (November 3, 2015)

The St. Augustine RECORD - February 28, 2013

Fla. Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees announced

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Two married civil-rights activists — killed Christmas 1951 when a bomb exploded beneath their house as they slept — have been inducted into Florida's Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
Governor Rick Scott Selects Three Inductees for Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Florida Historical Society
Florida Frontiers
The Legacy of Harry T. Moore

Cocoa Post Office Re-named after the Moores

Harry Moore taught in Cocoa before moving to North Brevard to teach. "This building is named in honor of Harry T and Harriette Moore by an Act of Congress: Public Law 112-243, January 10, 2013."

Rack Card: The Moore Experience

Experiences at the H & H Moore Cultural Center.c

Florida Historical Society
Florida Frontiers
Harry T. Moore Episode

An historical society presentation on the Moores.

PBS Central Florida Roadtrip
Brevard County: Season 7 Episode 1
June 16 2021

PBS-Roadtrip: Moore

PBS-WUCF-UCF Moore Project

UCF Student Journalism Project Platforms the Life and Legacy of Local Civil Rights Martyrs
Project launched Feb. 22, featuring the story of Harry T. and Harr CLICK FOR DETAILS


The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which opened on September 24, 2016, features a section on Harry & Harriette Moore. Among the displays are his wallet & pocket watch and her wrist watch & locket with pictures of them.
Museum Website

From the Moore exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore
Memorial Park and Museum added
to U.S. Civil Rights Trail

On Monday, January 21, 2019, the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum was added to the U. S. Civil Rights to the Trail.

The trail's website hosts an interactive map of more than 100 sites across 15 states, including museums, schools, churches, and other landmarks, where activists pushed to advance civil rights. Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism sponsored the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum's inclusion in the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, making Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum one of only five locations in the state of Florida to be included in the trail.

The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum commemorates the Moores' legacy as pioneers in the fight for civil rights. Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette Simms Moore opened the first state chapter of the NAACP, fought for equal pay for teachers, started the Progressive Voters League, and investigated lynchings and police brutality. The Moores' efforts for justice and equality cost them their lives when their home was bombed on Christmas Day in 1951. The complex is on the property of the original Moore family homesite, and the facility houses a museum, a 100-seat conference center, a gift shop and a small reference library. The featured exhibit at the museum is a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement.
CLICK for the page on the trail.

Harry T. Moore

Harry T. Moore

Harriette V. Moore

Harriette V. Moore photo

Grand Opening - April 2004

Grand Opening of the Moore Complex - April 2004

The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum

The 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. and Harriette V. Moore home replica.


Brevard County Press Releases:

January 31, 2017

Freedom 5K Set for Feb. 25 at Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park

MIMS, 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 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 Brevard

MIMS, 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 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 Service
December 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM
The LaGrange Cemetery

December 7, 2016 - Press Release

Freedom Never Dies - Harry & Harriette Moore 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

The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Inc.
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

The Life of Harry T. Moore
The Life of Harriette V. Moore
Photos from Evangeline's collection
Background and Research Ballad of Harry Moore
Langston Hughes
Postage Stamp Petition Sculpture
Historical Marker Unveiling
Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Justice Center
Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Homesite Development Committee

Harriette V. Moore family

Harry, Harriette, Annie Rosalea, and Juanita Evangeline

Before His Time book cover    

Before His Time:

The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore,
America's First Civil Rights Martyr

by Ben Green
Published April, 1999     --     Review #1,   #2,   #3   #4   #5
Link to
Buy the

North Brevard Branch - NAACP

National NAACP

Clifton Colored School ca: 1890 -- Before their time - illustrates the value placed on education by black pioneers.

A History of the Negro School in Titusville, Florida


Academic Info -- African American History - An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources on Black History

Academic Info: African American History: Civil Rights Movement

African American Web Connection - William R. Jones, CCP:

Black Facts Online:

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