- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 7, 2007

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Historical preservation workers have found a briefcase containing more than a thousand letters, notes and newspaper clippings that were saved and collected by slain civil rights leader Harry T. Moore, said Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Mr. Moore and wife Harriette Moore died after a bombing at their house on Christmas in 1951, their 25th wedding anniversary. Despite several investigations that never produced criminal charges, Attorney General Charlie Crist said in August that four Ku Klux Klan members — since deceased — were likely behind the explosion.

The documents found in a vacant barn near the former Moore family home in November will have no bearing on the closed case, Mr. McCollum said. He delivered the find to Evangeline Moore, the 76-year-old daughter of the two black activists, who were the first killed during the modern civil rights struggle.

The briefcase was discovered by members of the Brevard County Historical Commission inside a barn in Mims that hasn’t been used for at least 15 years, said Roz Foster, founder and president of the North Brevard Heritage Foundation.

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