may, 2017

thu25may7:00 pm8:00 pmThe Life of Stetson KennedyAuthor, Activist, Folklorist, Journalist, Historian7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fernandina Beach Library


(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Fernandina Beach Library

25 N. 4th St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Event Details

Dr. Peggy Bulger will present a program on Florida native, Stetson Kennedy, on Thursday, May 25, from 7 pm – 8 pm in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Branch Library.  Stetson Kennedy was born in Jacksonville, FL, on Oct. 5, 1916.  From 1937-1942, Kennedy traveled the cities, towns, and rural backwoods of Florida documenting the cultural heritage of the state’s diverse populations for the WPA’s Florida Writers’ Project.
Kennedy later infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, exposing their secrets.  He was an activist for positive social change, working to make life better for all Floridians until his death on August 27, 2011.  Dr. Bulger has written the first comprehensive book that looks at the life and work of author, activist, folklorist, investigative journalist, and oral historian, Stetson Kennedy.

Author, Peggy Bulger was the first folklorist hired by the state of Florida, serving as Folk Arts Coordinator in 1976.  From 1976 to 1989 she held senior folklorist positions at the Florida Folklife Program, and created the Florida Folklife Collection, now housed at the state archives.   Bulger served as Folk Arts Director and Senior Program Officer for the Southern Arts Federation in Atlanta from 1989-1999.  She then became Director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  Since Bulger’s retirement in 2012, she has been back in Florida, working with other folklorists around the state.

For more information, please call the library at (904-530-6500) or check the library website at:  All programs are free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in this program should contact the Library at 904-530-6500, or the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 at least 5 days in advance to request accommodations.

Stetson Kennedy May 25 Program



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