Moore Complex offers rotating exhibits on the Civil Rights movement

An educator and true pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement, Harry T. Moore has been called “a man before his time.”

Although Moore and his wife, Harriette V. Moore, were murdered when a bomb was exploded beneath their home on Christmas night 1951, their legacy lives on and is taught at the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex in Mims.

The center’s permanent and rotating exhibits serve to educate visitors through historic collections about the impact of Moore’s legacy and ongoing civil and human rights issues.

January exhibits include a table display depicting the life of assassinated Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is observed Jan. 17.

“It contains thought provoking pictures for discussion,” said Sonya Mallard, cultural center coordinator.

Curator tours are conducted every two hours. Appointments are suggested, but non-guided tours are welcome.

Group tours include a movie, Underground Railroad quilt, time-line museum tour (1860-1964) Moore replica home tour, civil rights trail walk and gift shop.

Mallard is especially moved by the Underground Railroad quilt replica.

“Secret codes sewn into patches on the quilt, guided escaped slaves along their journey to freedom.” she said. “Each patch had a different symbol that showed slaves important steps they needed to follow.”

Moore’s work preceded major civil rights legislation, such as the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, ending racial segregation in public schools.

Moore founded Brevard County’s first branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and served as its president. He helped register thousands of black voters.

The Cultural Complex bearing the Moore’s name, includes a cultural center, Moore replica home and a memorial park. Admission is free.

Cultural Center leader Carshonda K. Wright conducts tours that include the Moore replica home, located about 10 feet from its original site.

“A house gives us a look into the personality of a person or family,” she said, citing an example. “Mrs. Moore brought a table from Ohio, where she had worked. It is round, and everyone sits equally.”

Notable houseguests include the late lawyer, civil rights activist and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

“He stayed here to strategize with Mr. Moore about landmark cases,” Wright said.

The Cultural Complex is at 2180 Freedom Ave. in Mims. For information, call 321-264-6595 or visit harryharriettemoore.org