Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Marjory Stoneman Douglas
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"Now, having left cities behind me, turned
Away forever from the strange, gregarious
Huddling of men by stones, I find those various
Great towns I knew fused into one, burned
Together in the fire of my despising..."
A longtime reporter for the Miami Herald, she was also a suffragist, and an activist for racial equality and better civic services to blacks in the Miami area. Along with Elizabeth Virrick, she vocally advocated for running water and county sewage services for the racially segregated areas in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami and won. She tirelessly wrote columns in the Miami Herald championing this and many other worthy causes.
Stoneman Douglas continued to work on Everglades conservation issues until shortly before her death at the age of 108 years.
Florida owes her a great, great debt for her work. She preserved a region unlike any other in the world with her efforts.
The Southern Tip of Florida and the Everglades
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