Friday, October 28, 2005
Beluthahatchee Historical Marker Unveiling Ceremony
Home of Stetson Kennedy & the Stetson Kennedy Foundation
photos by Bill Ectric
Bruce Maguire, Chairman, St. Johns County
Board of County Commissioners
Nancy Sikes-Kline, Cyndi Stevenson, Karen Roumillat, Senator Tony Hill, Sr.,  Bruce Maguire, Stetson Kennedy
Known as "The Voice of Lincolnville", Carrie Johnson of
Saint Augustine, talking to Stetson Kennedy
Kennedy addresses the crowd before unveiling the historical marker

"Beluthahatchee" as defined by noted author Zora Neale Hurston
(1891-1960) is a mythical "Florida Shangri-la, where all
unpleasantness is forgiven and forgotten." When Florida
author/activist Stetson Kennedy (b. 1916) moved here, the site was
named and set aside as a wildlife sanctuary. After WWII, he
infiltrated and exposed the KKK and other domestic terrorist
groups. Kennedy's books include Palmetto Country (1942),
Southern Exposure (1946), Jim Crow Guide (1956), and The Klan
Unmasked (1957). The latter two were translated around the
world. This site served as headquarters for his pioneering 1950
"total equality" write-in bid for the U.S. Senate. His book, After
Appomattox, was completed here in 1995, with the help of his wife
Joyce Ann. That year he won the Gustavus Meyer Award for
doing the most to combat bigotry in the USA. In April 2005
Kennedy was inducted into the Florida Artist's Hall of Fame.
Beluthahatchee also served as a Florida hangout for America's
legendary folk balladeer, Woody Guthrie. Here, Guthrie completed
his autobiographical book, Seeds of Man, and over 80 Florida
songs, including "Beluthahatchee Bill." This site was designated a
Literary Landmark by Friends of Library-USA in 2003.
A Florida Heritage Site

From The Historical Marker Database