Native son Stetson Kennedy was the author of many books, including Palmetto Country and South Florida Folklife. Born in Jacksonville in 1916, he devoted his life to human rights, traditional culture, and the stewardship of nature. A founding member of the Florida Folklore Society and Oral History Association, he was also a recipient of the Florida Folk Heritage Award and the Florida Governor’s Heartland Award and was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. He first arrived in Key West in 1935 at the age of nineteen, married a Key West native, and served as editor of the Works Progress Administration’s A Guide to Key West and Guide to Florida: The Southernmost State. His final book, Grits and Grunts: Folkloric Key West, was published in 2008 by Pineapple Press.
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