Just 30 minutes north of Orlando is the Zora Neale Hurston Museum in Eatonville, Florida, the first African-American town to be independently governed. Currently, the population of Eatonville is approximately 2,300 residents.
Most known for Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston was an author as well as a playwright. Read her biography here: zoranealehurston.com.
The daughter of former enslaved persons, Zora Neale Hurston received a scholarship to Barnard College and became a fixture in the Harlem Renaissance cultural scene. Many years after her death in 1960, author Alice Walker published an article creating a lasting resurgence of interest in this anthropologist and respected writer.
In addition, Fort Pierce, where Zora Neale Hurston lived and worked for a time, offers its own trail commemorating her life, beginning at the library that was named for her. Fort Pierce has a population of approximately 46,000. Other places where she lived in Florida include Belle Glade, Eue Gallie (in Melbourne), and on a boat docked in Miami.
Scholarly readers interested in the literary world of this ground-breaking writer may like Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal by Yuval Taylor, published in 2019.
Zora Neale Hurston’s two locations are the third and fourth stops on Florida Trail #1!