Cocoa Post Office Honors Civil Rights Pioneers Today

By  //  April 3, 2013

Special Ceremony On Wednesday April 3

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The United States Post Office in Cocoa will be officially designated as the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Post Office.

The Cocoa Post Office will be renamed on April 3 to honor civil rights pioneers Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore. (Image courtesy of Brevard County)

The facility will be rededicated at a special ceremony starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3 at 600 Florida Avenue.

The ceremony will feature remarks from Deirdra Rhodes, Officer in Charge of the Cocoa Post Office; Tyler Furbish, Deputy Mayor of the city of Cocoa; Dr. Brian Binggeli, the Superintendent of Brevard County Schools, U.S. Congressman Bill Posey of Rockledge and Juanita Evangeline Moore, the daughter of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore.

“Designating a United States Post Office in Cocoa will commemorate the Moores’ legacy in a town where Mr. Moore began his service to others,” Posey said.

The congressman sponsored legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to rename the Post Office in honor of the Moores.

“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,” Posey said.

Local educators and leaders in the modern civil rights movement, Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore are remembered for their dignity, compassion, and emphasis on education.

Congressman Bill Posey introduced legislation to rename the Cocoa Post Office in honor of Harry and Harriette Moore and will speak at its rededication April 3. (Image courtesy of Office of Congressman Bill Posey)

The Moores first founded the Brevard County Chapter of the NAACP in 1934, which led to a Statewide NAACP Conference in 1941. Mr. Moore served as the President of the Florida State Conference of NAACP chapters, as well as the founder and Executive Director of the Progressive Voters League.

They championed such issues as equality, education, and voter registration.

As the couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve, 1951, a bomb exploded beneath their home. The tragic murder sparked an even more resounding outcry for civil rights with Harry T. Moore called the first American civil rights’ martyr.

On November 28, 2012, the U.S. House passed H.R. 2338 introduced by Congressman Posey to name this Post Office in honor of the Moores and it became public law 112-243 earlier this year.

“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,” Posey said.