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Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Mims, FL

Driving through the small, tree-lined streets of Mims, one wouldn't expect to come across such an impressive building housing the history of the country's first martyr for the civil rights cause. The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex tells the sometimes graphic stories of the Civil Rights Movement in America and the tragic end to two lives connected to that movement.

Upon entry, the visitor can pass through the small room on the left of the two-story foyer containing the souvenir counters to end up in the large room known as the Museum (no photographs are allowed in the museum). Here you will start at your left and read the condensed history of slavery and civil rights along the walls, circling the entire space. The center of the room contains encased items of significance to the home and lives of the Moore's.

Very briefly (and please visit this location to learn the full story), Harry T. Moore became known throughout Brevard County, the State of Florida and eventually noticed by national level authorities of the NAACP and other civil rights organizations as a strong figure capable of motivating large numbers of people. Unfortunately, this notoriety and skill was not appreciated by all and led to the murder of Mr. Moore and his wife in their home, on Christmas night of 1951, which also happened to be their 25th wedding anniversary. A bomb was placed underneath their bedroom.

"Ballad of Harry T. Moore"

Within just a few years of their deaths, and maybe because of it, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the well-known figure of the Civil Rights Movement that he was, and gave his famous speech.

Replica of the Moore home.
Although the original house was eventually torn down due to irreparable damage, a replica stands in it's place to show visitors where and how the family lived. Future plans (as of this writing) include adding a Memorial Park, complete with a gazebo, meditation garden, fountain and reflecting pool. This is all in addition to the already existing theater, located in the Cultural Center, intended to educate visitors through either a short or long video presentation.

Even though this is certainly not an all-day excursion, it is certainly worth putting on your list of sites to see. For more information on the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, please click the name or go to:

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