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