Killing of Harriette T. Moore and Harry T. Moore in Florida in 1951


Case summary

Harriette T. Moore, a school teacher, was killed in 1951 by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Seminole County, Florida. A bomb went off under Moore’s bedroom floor, killing her husband and seriously injuring her. Moore died nine days later from the injuries. Moore and her husband were active participants in the early civil rights movement. In 2008, the FBI reopened an investigation into the case, which helped reveal evidence implicating four subjects in the bombing, Earl J. Brooklyn, Tillman H. “Curley” Belvin, Joseph Cox, Edward L. Spivey, all of whom were Klansmen.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: hate group

Date of incident: 1951-12-25
Location: Mims, Brevard County, Florida
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: engaging in NAACP activity

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
Arrest: no
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
Conviction: [ ]
Sentence: [ ]

FBI case ID:

Washington Field Office 44-140

New York 44-180

Savannah 44-262

Louisville 44-57

Dallas 44-306

Miami 44-270

Los Angeles 44-123

Atlanta 44-439

Mobile 44-175

Norfolk 44-34

Birmingham 44-244

DOJ case ID:



Investigated under the Emmett Till Act: yes
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