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I grew up in a small southern town where the black population lived on the opposite side of the main highway that went through the center of our town. We are famous for the bombing murder of civil rights activist Harry T. Moore and his wife. Mr. Moore had called for the suspension of Groveland County Sheriff McCall because of the abuse suffered by the Groveland 4 (four young black men falsely accused of rape and assault).
“Six weeks later on Christmas night, 1951, a bomb went off beneath the house of Moore and his wife in Mims, Florida. It was the Moore’s twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. They were fatally injured: Moore died on the way to the hospital and his wife died from her injuries nine days later at the hospital in Sanford.” Courtesy of Wiki.
This memorial park is situated on the very land where the Moore’s lived and died. It is a beautiful place nestled of 11+ acres of large oak trees and lush vegetation. The vision statement on their website says it all. “To develop a national civil rights resource and tourist center incorporating the latest technology and information management systems. To form cooperative working relationships with academic, corporate and cultural institutions throughout the nation and the world to link the historical trail of the early civil rights pioneers and their effect on communities both large and small.”
I don’t believe in the division that this country had and continues to have. I’m not sure who is profiting from it but I do know that it is wrong and grossly unnecessary in this day and age. If our schools would stop teaching the lie that the civil war was all about keeping slavery, and tell the truth that it was because the government couldn’t tax those slaves; then maybe the next generation would be able to stop all of this horrible hate.