Beluthahatchee (HM15U5)

Location: Fruit Cove, FL 32259 St Johns County
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N 30° 5.351', W 81° 37.812'

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(Miccosukee, "Dark Water")

"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

HM NumberHM15U5
Marker NumberF-553
Year Placed2005
Placed BySt Johns County Board of County Commissioners and Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 11:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 439272 N 3328835
Decimal Degrees30.08918333, -81.63020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 5.351', W 81° 37.812'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 5' 21.06" N, 81° 37' 48.72" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1478-1540 State Rd 13, Fruit Cove FL 32259, US
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