1951 December 25

Harry T. Moore, Wife Killed By KKK in Firebombing of Their Home


Harry T. Moore, an African-American teacher, founded the NAACP chapter in Brevard County, Florida. On this day, he and his wife were killed when KKK members threw a bomb into their house. Moore is believed to be the first NAACP leader murdered for his civil rights activism. The great African-American poet Langston Hughes wrote the following poem in his memory:

Florida means land of flowers
It was on a Christmas night.
In the state named for the flowers
Men came bearing dynamite…
It could not be in Jesus’ name
Beneath the bedroom floor
On Christmas night the killers
Hid the bomb for Harry Moore.

Learn more:  Ben Green, Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore, America’s First Civil Rights Martyr (1999)

Learn more about Harry T. Moore: http://www.pbs.org/harrymoore/harry/mbio.html

Watch the PBS documentary about Moore: Freedom Never Dies (2001)

Learn about the KKK today: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/ku-klux-klan

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