“There Were Five of Us Who Played Around Always”: Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s Taunton Friends

By William F. Hanna

On November 30, 1993, in the East Room of the White House, President Bill Clinton awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to environmental activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. As frail as she was, the 103-year old “Grande Dame of the Everglades” was able to rise from her wheelchair to accept the highest civilian honor that the nation can bestow. “Mrs. Douglas,” said Clinton, “the next time I hear someone mention the timeless wonders and powers of Mother…