Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum: What you need to know

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — In Mims, less than an hour west of Orlando, is the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum.

The facility explores the history of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore through interactive exhibits and historic collections.

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The couple lived in Mims, and taught in segregated public schools in and around Brevard County from 1925 to 1946.

The Moores went on to become the first true civil rights activists of the modern civil rights era in the state of Florida.

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On Christmas night 1951, a bomb exploded under the couple’s bedroom. The couple had gone to bed after celebrating both Christmas and their 25th wedding anniversary. Harry was killed in the blast and Harriette died nine days later.

A replica of their home now stands in place on the site of the original home. The interior is designed to look the same way it did on that tragic day of the bombing.

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While visiting the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum, community members can take a tour to see exactly how the Moores lived, and learn about Black history dating from the Emancipation Proclamation to the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1964.

The museum showcases preserved news clippings, artifacts and pieces of history that Cultural Center Coordinator Sonya Mallard said explain the dangers of being an activist in the 1940s and 1950.

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“They had the audacity to do the unthinkable at a time where people were scared to do anything and I’m proud to say that they implemented so many changes throughout the South,”Mallard said.

The museum is located at 2180 Freedom Ave. and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sunday. The museum is open on Saturdays by special appointment.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.