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PHSC Celebrates its 50th Anniversary and Black History Month: Zora Neale Hurston

Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was writer, anthropologist, and playwright who grew up in the town of Eatonville, FL.

  • Eatonville was the first incorporated African-American community in Florida, which provided a special place for Zora to flourish as a youngster.​
  • As a young adult, Hurston moved to New York and became a prominent voice of the Harlem Renaissance​.
  • She was a pioneer and authority for the study of African American folklore​.
  • Her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, was published in 1937.​


Boyd, Valerie, “About Zora Neale Hurston,” Zora Neale Hurston, 2022. 

Lillios, Anna, “Hurston’s Life,” Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive, 2022.