Ben Montgomery

USF Department of Anthropology

The Tampa Bay History Center recently hosted a panel discussion on the now-closed Dozier School for Boys. The reform school in the Florida Panhandle has been known for decades for abuse, torture, and even murder.

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 a.m.), we are bringing you highlights of the discussion moderated by Tampa attorney and History Center Trustee Bob Bolt.

Grandma Gatewood: A Long Walk Into Hiking History

Mar 30, 2014
Chicago Review Press

In the spring of 1955, 67-year-old Emma Gatewood left her home in Ohio, telling her children she was going for a walk.

What she didn't tell them was she was going for a walk on the Appalachian Trail - all 2050 miles from Georgia to Maine.  

When she finished the following fall, she became the first woman ever to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, or "the AT," as hikers refer to it.

She did it with a homemade sort of backpack, wearing tennis shoes and with about 200 dollars in spending money.