Inspirational Leaders: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Arthur R. Marshall Jr.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas was known as the “mother of the Everglades.” Learn more about her legacy.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas had a brilliant teacher, Arthur R. Marshall Jr., the “Father of the Florida environmental movement.” Marshall was one of the first scientists to recognize the slow death of the Everglades and called for immediate action. The plan he developed is still a core component of Everglades restoration today.
Douglas said this of Marshall, “Although my phrase ‘River of Grass’ first awakened people to the notion of the Everglades as a river, it was Art Marshall who filled in all the blanks…. More than any other person, he stretched our idea of the Everglades and how we are connected.”
“Art and Marjory Stoneman Douglas were the people who were way ahead of most of us in appreciating the values of the Everglades,” then-Gov. Bob Graham said in 1984. “Marshall and Douglas saw the Everglades as the heart of South Florida. They realized we were pinching off the arteries and valves that made the heart function.”
- Excerpt from “Our Century” Palm Beach Post 2000