LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery Historical

LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery Historical (HM1WWH)

Location: Titusville, FL 32796 Brevard County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 38.459', W 80° 50.254'

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In the early 1900s, a two acre parcel of land north of LaGrange Community Church and Cemetery was given to the Mims colored community for a cemetery. Earliest marked graves are dated 1903; many are unmarked. In the 1800s both blacks and whites worshipped at the LaGrange Community Church. In 1894, after organizing their own congregation, St James Colored Missionary Baptist Church acquired land in Mims and in 1904 built their own church. In June 1913, trustees of that church purchased this parcel from the East Coast Cattle Company to be used as a cemetery, then referred to as the Mims Colored Cemetery. Many of North Brevard's pioneering black families rest in this hallowed ground with family names of Abrams, Bell, Brothers, Brown, Campbell, Cuyler, Grant, Gibson, Highsmith, McKenzie, Mitchell, Seigler, Simms, Strickland, Warren, and Williams.
Most noted are the graves of Harry T. Moore and Harriette V. Simms Moore, civil rights activists. Moore was chapter president of Brevard County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and later NAACP Florida Convention president/state coordinator. On Christmas Eve, 1951 the Moores were killed when their home, located near this site, was bombed.
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Brevard County Historical Society and Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 515875 N 3168221
Decimal Degrees28.64098333, -80.83756667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 38.459', W 80° 50.254'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 38' 27.54" N, 80° 50' 15.24" W
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Area Code(s)321, 407
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1635-1661 Old Dixie Hwy, Titusville FL 32796, US
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