Zora Neale Hurston doll
Photo of Zora Neale Hurston doll courtesy of Uneek Doll Designs

The George Cleveland Hall branch of the Chicago Public Library, in Bronzeville, was a gathering place for Black Renaissance writers of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. Visit their author pages in Illinois, Kansas, OhioTennessee, and Florida for more information about these writers.

Bronzeville, known as the “Black Metropolis,” is in the historic South Side of Chicago. An excellent description, history and video can be found here: Chicago Sun Times.

Read examples of poetry written at and about Bronzeville by Gwendolyn Brooks here: Poem Hunter.

This is the fourth stop on our Illinois Trail!

Patricia Smart