Harry T. Moore National Statutory Hall Committee
For Immediate Release
New Committee Kicks-off Statewide Effort to push for
Harry T. Moore to represent Florida in U.S. Capitol National Statutory Hall Collection
Mims, FL - The newly formed Harry T. Moore National Statutory Hall Committee announces it's statewide push to recommend Harry T. Moore's statue to represent the Great State of Florida in the National Statuary Hall located in the US Capital.
As a result of the signing of bill CS/SB 310 by Governor Rick Scott, which sets in motion the removal of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith's statue from the US Capital, the Florida legislature will receive recommendations of three prominent Floridians to replace the statute, which will then send one name to the governor for approval.
Based at the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center and Museum, the committee members include:
Moore Cultural Complex Board, Inc. President: William “Bill” Gary (Chair)
City of Titusville Council Member: Matt Barringer
Brevard County Commissioner District 1 Robin Fischer
City of Cocoa Council Member: Michael Blake
Moore Cultural Center Coordinator: Sonya Mallard
Moore Cultural Complex Board Secretary/ Treasurer Gloria Bartley
Educator Sean Ashby
When asked why Harry T. Moore is the right choice to represent Florida in the US Capitol, Chairman Bill Gary responds by saying, “Harry T. Moore fought for civil rights for all Floridians not because it was popular, but because he knew it was right and that justice would prevail. His untimely death robbed us from knowing what he could have done for all Floridians as it took a man of courage and conviction to challenge the status quo. His selection in 2007 as one of Florida's Great Floridians is testament to his statewide influence and recognition. It is only fitting that he posthumously serve as Florida's reminder in the US Capitol Statuary Hall that at all men and women are equal today and in the future.”
Along with state and local civic group support, the committee plans to garner statewide support by encouraging municipalities and county governments to pass resolutions encouraging the Great Floridian Program's Ad Hoc committee to include Harry T. Moore as one of the three final candidates.
Harry Tyson Moore (November 18, 1905 – December 25, 1951) was a black educator, a pioneer leader of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1934 Moore organized the first Brevard County Branch of the NAACP, and later organized the Florida State conference of NAACP Branches. Through his efforts, he greatly increased the number of NAACP members and organized over 50 Branches statewide. He investigated lynchings, filed lawsuits against voter registration barriers and white primaries, and worked for equal pay for black teachers in public schools.
Through his affiliation with the Progressive Voters League he greatly increased the number of black registered voters, reaching 116,000 voters by the time of his death in 1951. Following a 1944 US Supreme Court ruling against white primaries, between 1944 and 1950, he succeeded in increasing the registration of black voters in Florida to 31 percent of those eligible to vote, markedly higher than in any other Southern state. In 1946 he and his wife were fired from the public school system because of his activism; he worked full-time for the NAACP.
Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harriette Vyda Simms Moore, also an educator, were the victims of a bombing of their home in Mims, Florida on Christmas night 1951. He died on the way to a hospital in Sanford, Harriette clung to life until after Harry's funeral and passed away on January 3, 1952. The Moores were the first and only husband and wife team to be murdered during the civil rights movement. Although the murders were never solved, the Moores legacy lives on with their induction into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame, numerous buildings named in their honor, the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Highway, and their inclusion in the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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