United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark™ for Stetson Kennedy

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/25/2014


Jillian Kalonick

Markting/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries


PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries, in partnership with St. Johns County (Florida) and the Stetson Kennedy Foundation, designated the Stetson Kennedy home and museum in  Beluthahatchee Park a Literary Landmark™ during a celebration on Nov. 16.

The dedication was held at 1 p.m., followed by tours of the Stetson Kennedy home, refreshments, musical performances and excerpts from the documentary “Klandestine Man.”

Stetson Kennedy was the last known surviving writer of the 8,000 writers and editors employed nationally in the Federal Writers Project during the 1930's New Deal. Kennedy died in 2011 at the age of 94. He is best known for “The Klan Unmasked,” chronicling his 1940’s experiences undercover in the Ku Klux Klan. He also collected Florida folklore with novelist/anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston  His 1950’s irreverent expose of racial and ethnic discrimination in America, “A Guide to Jim Crow,” was published in England at the recommendation of philosopher Jean Paul Sartre.

Beluthahatchee was also dedicated a Literary Landmark in 2003 for Woodie Guthrie, who wrote the final draft of his autobiographical “Seeds of Man” there.

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. One hundred and forty Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries. More information is available on the United for Libraries website. 

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.