JACKSONVILLE: Remember shooting, but don’t forget Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Jacksonville: Written by Mark Woods. February 27, 2018.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas died 20 years ago, in the spring of 1998, at the age of 108.

When she turned 100, one of the many tributes to her was in a South Florida town that had sprouted up next to the Everglades.

Parkland was designed to be a place that lived up to its name, with zoning laws crafted to create a park-like character. It seemed fitting that a new high school, hailed as a state-of-the-art prototype in 1990, would be named after the woman who devoted her life to preserving and protecting the vast, undeveloped land just to the west.

If you had Googled “Marjory Stoneman Douglas” just two weeks ago, on the morning of Valentine’s Day, you would have been taken to links for her bio, her most famous book (“The Everglades: River of Grass”), the organization she founded nearly 50 years ago (Friends of the Everglades) and the national park her advocacy helped create.

If you Google her name today, you will find hundreds of stories about what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the afternoon of Feb. 14, 2018, and all that has happened in America since.

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