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454 Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Posted By Ana Martin, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Garden 454
Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The garden is planted in Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School
11901 S.W. 2nd Street, Miami, Fl. 33184

    Marjory Stoneman Douglass was an unrelenting reporter, journalist, and writer. She was passionate about the natural preservation and restoration of South Florida. At the age of 79 she took up the leading role in the protection of the Everglades. Douglass knew they were a treasure, and fought against the efforts to drain it and use the land for the development of new businesses in Florida. Her most powerful written work was the book The Everglades: River of Grass. Through this book she proved that the Everglades is a river of life and not a worthless swamp as many saw it. Her determination earned her the nickname of “Grande Dame of the Everglades”. She won numerous awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was inducted into the National Wildlife Federation Hall of Fame in 1999, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000. Douglas was honored with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II to whom she gave a signed copy of her book. Douglass never stopped working for the protection of the Everglades until her death on May 14, 1998 at the age of 108.
    I planted the garden in memory of this important Floridian at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School located on 11901 SW 2nd Street
 Miami, FL. I though of no better location than a public school named after Marjory herself. The school’s motto is “A Vision of Pride and Excellence” which I believe is a motto that describes the life and legacy of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Credit for Portrait: 
5th Grade student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary. 

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