Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was recognized as a Great Floridian by the Florida Department of State at a ceremony held on March 25, 2009, in Tallahassee. The designation is presented annually to men and women whose outstanding achievements have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of the state. Since the program began, 32 persons have been named as Great Floridians. The text of the designation is as follows:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - Rawlings worked as a journalist before moving to Cross Creek, near Gainesville, and devoting herself to fiction. Taking her material from the people and land around her, she wrote works that resemble vivid factual reporting and are noted for their landscape descriptions. Her best known work is The Yearling for which she won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939. Other novels include South Moon Under and her memoir, Cross Creek. Rawlings' 1930s Cracker-style Cross Creek house and farmyard were designated a National Historic Landmark in September 2006, and is managed as a Historic State Park by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
On hand to receive the award was Friends member Sallie Hooker, niece of Norton Baskin, Marjorie Rawlings' husband.