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A moment with ‘Ding’

By Staff | Jun 16, 2020
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This week we continue to honor the 75th anniversary of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge with one of Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoons. This one, titled “Helping us celebrate the Fourth,” was syndicated, in fact in 1945, the same year the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge was established. The refuge was renamed for Darling after his death by petition of islanders and others. Created in the midst of World War II, the cartoon reflects the explosiveness of world politics during that era. Darling’s body of editorial cartoons spanned 50 years and won him two Pulitzer prizes.