Smithsonian Museum to Preserve Pieces of Local Civil Rights History

The Tenth Annual Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Heritage Festival of the Arts and Humanities is scheduled for this weekend.  Held at various locations throughout Florida’s Space Coast, the four-day event is a cultural celebration and remembrance of the two civil rights heroes mortally wounded when a bomb was set off under their home on Christmas night 1951.

The festival will feature educational symposiums, tours of Moore Park, a Gala Awards Banquet and a street festival.  But the highlight of this weekend’s event is the handing over of several artifacts to the Smithsonian Museum.HHMFestivalFlyer2013

Dr. Spencer Crew representing the Smithsonian will be on hand to accept a donation from the Moore’s daughter, Evangeline, for display in the New Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Cultural opening in 2015.

The collection will include such personal items as a wallet, timepiece, ladies’ wristwatch and a locket with the couple’s photos.

More than sixty years ago, Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore were pioneering advocates for voting rights, equal educational facilities, and equal pay for black and white teachers and fought for justice for victims of police brutality and mob lynchings.

For information on the latest investigation into the Moores deaths visit:


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