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Evangeline Moore, Daughter of Slain Civil Rights Couple, Dies at 85

Evangeline Moore, daughter of slain civil rights activist, died at her home in New Carrolton, Maryland, at 85.

Moore’s family came to fame in the most tragic of ways when in 1951 a bomb detonated underneath her parents’ house on Christmas Day in Mims, Florida. It was their 25th wedding anniversary.

The murder of the couple was then publicized as the first civil rights assassination in America.

The heinous crime sparked international outrage among those black and white.

Evangeline’s father, Harry Moore, founded an NAACP chapter in Brevard County, Florida, in 1934, which he used to advocate for racial justice and argue against salary disparities between Black and White schoolteachers.

Moore, along with his wife, organized the Florida Progressive Voters League; they also spoke out against lynching and police misconduct.

According to documents, the Moores’ children, who survived the bombing, decided to not speak about what happened to their parents, but live in a way that would make them proud.

Evangeline migrated to the District for work in 1951. She retired from the State Department in 1995.

She is survived by one son and a grandson.

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