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After 62 years, Moores join Civil Rights Hall of Fame



In ceremonies at the Capitol on Wednesday, Florida civil rights pioneer Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette were inducted into the state's Civil Rights Hall of Fame. The Moores, of Mims in Brevard County, were African-American teachers and NAACP activists who were killed on Christmas Day 1952 when their home was firebombed.

For decades, Harry Moore's story was not well known: He personally investigated lynchings of blacks in pre-World War II Florida, and he tirelessly worked to register blacks to vote through a group called the Progressive Voters League.

Gov. Rick Scott presided over the ceremonies and the Moores' daughter, Juanita Evangeline Moore, accepted the honor on her late parents' behalf.

"I am so pleased. It's such a reward for something like this to happen," said Mrs. Moore, 82, who lives in New Carrollton, Md. "My parents have been grossly ignored, and that's been a concern of mine all of my life."

Also attending the ceremonies on the Capitol's 22nd floor was author Ben Green, who chronicled Moore's life, death and legacy in Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore, America's First Civil Rights Martyr.

Also inducted into the Civil Rights Hall of Fame were Margarita Romo, a champion for farmworkers in Pasco and Hernando countis, and the late James Sanderlin, the first African-American circuit judge in Pinellas County.  

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:49pm]


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