Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Post Office renamed April 3
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- The legacy of the first martyrs of the civil rights movement was cemented earlier this month after a post office in Cocoa Village was renamed after the slain pioneers.
On Wednesday, April 3, the United States Post Office at 600 Florida Ave., in Cocoa was officially named the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Post Office.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore were killed on their 25th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve, 1951, by a bomb that exploded from underneath their home. Mr. Moore died on his way to the hospital, while Mrs. Moore died nine days later.
Together, the Moores spent most of their lives educating and advocating for civil rights.
The Moores first founded the Brevard County Chapter of the NAACP in 1934, which eventually led to a statewide NAACP conference in 1941, and Mr. Moore founded the Progressive Voters League.
Mr. Moore also served as the president of the Florida State Conference of NAACP chapters, as well as a profession as a teacher in the first African-American school in Cocoa.
The renaming of the post office comes after the U.S. House passed H.R. 2338, which was introduced by U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge).
"Designating a United States Post Office in Cocoa will commemorate the Moores' legacy in a town where Mr. Moore began his service to others," Congressman Posey said in a press release. "The Moores left a legacy that remains close to the hearts of community members and one that has already outlasted the lengths of their lives that were so tragically cut short. Both of these fine citizens undoubtedly touched the lives of others with the dedication, integrity, persistence, compassion and commitment each of them so courageously demonstrated."
While the perpetrator of their deaths has never been brought to justice, actions, such as this post office, a cultural complex in Mims named after the couple last year , as well as inclusion in the Civil Rights Legacy Gallery in the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which is expected to open in 2015, confirms that their legacy will live on for generations.
Along with Congressman Posey, the ceremony on April 3 featured remarks from the Moores' daughter Juanita Evangeline Moore, officer in charge of the Cocoa Post Office Deidra Rhodes, deputy mayor of the city of Cocoa Tyler Furbish and Superintendent of Brevard County Schools Brian Binggeli.