On September 6, 2017 the Museum of African American History and Culture at the Harry T. Moore Center was named after community advocates, former Council members, and dedicated members of the Cocoa community, Leon and Jewel Collins.
Both Leon and Jewel Collins are recognized for their passionate advocacy and significant contributions to the City of Cocoa and to Brevard County. Leon Collins was the first African American to be elected to the Cocoa City Council in 1973, where he served for ten years. In 1999, Jewel Collins was the first African American woman elected to the Cocoa City Council, where she served through 2006. Jewel has also served on many boards and committees for Cocoa including the Diamond Square Redevelopment Agency Board. Leon and Jewel Collins worked effortlessly as community activists for the concerns of the Citizens of Cocoa and Brevard County. In the 1960's, Leon and Jewel were among the leaders marching in Cocoa for voting rights for African Americans and were also active members of the NAACP and the Cocoa/Rockledge Civic League.
The museum will be located at the newly renovated Harry T. Moore center which was built in 1924 and was the original campus of the first all African American school in the Cocoa Community, Monroe High School. If you have any items of significance to be included in the museum, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (321) 433-8480.