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Monday, April 22, 2013

Harry T. and Harriette Moore, 13 x 17 Charcoal Drawing

harry t. moore

Harry T. and Harriette Moore were two courageous pioneers of civil rights in the 1950s, championing equal pay for Black teachers, organizing the Black vote, and publicly condemning racist attitudes and actions of local, state and national officials. The Moores were killed when their home was bombed on Christmas Day in 1951 by lowlife culprits who were never brought to justice. 

Hard to believe that I was a child then, lived not all that far away, and was completely unaware of what monsters were loose in Florida. I constantly get those emails full of nostalgia about how great the 50s were, but they were not great for everyone. This is my little homage to two of the first Civil Rights martyrs.