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370 Harry T. Moore and Harriette V. Moore

Posted By Maria Ramirez-Rodriguez, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

370 Harry T. Moore and Harriette V. Moore
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199

            This garden, planted in Miami, Florida; is being dedicated to Harry and Harriette Moore because without them, there would be no equal salaries for colored and white people. This would also lead to more racism in society today. This garden is being planted at Florida International University in Miami because it is a school; and Harry and Harriette Moore were teachers wanting an equal salary with whites.

Harry and Harriette Moore were married and both natives of Brevard County, Florida. Harry was born in Houston, Florida in 1905; which is in the Florida Panhandle.  In 1915, Harry went to live in Jacksonville with his three aunts due to his father’s passing and mother being too busy working two jobs. Three years later, he returned to Suwanee County and attended the high school program at Florida Memorial College. He was very successful and earned all A’s with one B. His nickname by his classmates was “Doc”.

            In 1925, Harry moved to Cocoa, Florida in Brevard County. He taught fourth grade at Cocoa’s only elementary school. While in Cocoa, he met Harriette Vyda Simms, who was also a teacher. They married a year after they met.

            In 1934, Harry started the Brevard County NAACP and steadily built it into a strong organization. In 1937, combined with the all-black Florida State, backed by Thurgood Marshall, an attorney for the NAACP in New York, Harry filed the first lawsuit in the Deep South for equalization of black and white teacher salaries. The case was lost, but it still blossomed into many more federal lawsuits in Florida, leading to equalized salaries. Harry and Harriette passed away in 1951 due to a murder in their home.

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