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Stetson Kennedy Home Designated As Literary Landmark

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A event in St. Johns County this weekend will honor civil rights icon Stetson Kennedy.

Kennedy first rose to prominence with his book The Klan Unmasked, detailing his experiences infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in Florida in the 1940s.

A prolific writer, folklorist and human rights advocate, Kennedy passed in 2011 at the age of 94.

This weekend, the American Library Association and the Stetson Kennedy Foundation will dedicate his home and museum as a national Literary Landmark.

Sandra Parks, widow of Stetson Kennedy, joined Melissa Ross to discuss the dedication and her husband's legacy.

This is the second time Stetson Kennedy's home at Beluthahatchee Park has been named a Literary Landmark. It was designated in 2004 as the site where Kennedy’s friend Woody Guthrie wrote his autobiography, Seeds of Man.

The dedication ceremony will take place Sunday, November 16, in Fruit Cove. Kennedy's home will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m.

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