“Before there was Malcom X, before there was Martin Luther King Jr., before even Medgar Evers, there was Harry T. Moore.” Sonya Mallard, Coordinator of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park.  

This is a locket with photographs of Harriette V. and Harry T. Moore that belonged to Harriette.  From A Moment Captured in Time: Objects that Survived an Assassination I learned that  Harriette Vyda Simms and Harry Tyson Moore were early civil rights activist from Florida.  Harriette and Harry T. Moore fought for equality in education, for voter registration, and against lynching and police brutality.  Harry T. Moore is remembered for founding the Brevard County, Florida branch of the NAACP and was instrumental in the unification of the Florida NAACP.  Harriette and Harry T. Moore eventually paid the ultimate price for their activism when they were killed by a bomb in their home on December 25, 1951.

My first visit to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture showed me just how much I have to learn, so for project I selected an object that I did not know anything about.  I did not know that Harry T. and Harriette Moore were early leaders in the Civil Rights movement, and one of the first to be assassinated for their activism.

I would like to learn more about Harriette V. Moore and her work as a Civil Rights activist, the little I could find about them seemed to focus on Harry, and how it came to be that these two important figures in this Civil Rights movement don’t play a larger role in the history of the movement.  Is this a gap is my knowledge, or a more widespread thing?

Object: Locket with photographs of Harriette and Harry T. Moore

Object Number: 2013.157.4

On View: NMAAHC, Concourse 2, C 2053

Exhibit: Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876 – 1968
Image source: (National Museum of African American History and Culture) Retrieved from http://nmaahc.si.edu/expore/stories/collection/mpment-captired-time 

Smithken-Lindsay, J. (n.d.). A Moment Captured in Time: Objects that Survived an Assassination. NMAAHC.  Retrieved from –https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/collection/moment-captured-time

Kassab, B. (2016, February, 27). New Statue to Replace Confederate General?  Consider Harry T. Moore. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved from http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-replace-florida-statue-beth-kassab-20160227-column.html

Locket with Photographs of Harriette and Harry T. Moore. (n.d.) NMAAHC. Retrieved from https://nmaahc.si.edu/object/nmaahc_2013.157.4


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