August 20, 2018

Today in History: Zora Neale Hurston

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Today in History–January 7–the Library of Congress features writer Zora Neale Hurston, born on this date in 1891. She grew up in Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated black town in the United States. Trained as an anthropologist, Hurston documented life histories and folklore, later using what she learned to inform her novels and plays. Learn more about this Harlem renaissance woman by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources.

The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress

Zora Neal Hurston images

Proposed Recording Expedition Into the Floridas” essay by Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston timeline

Zora Neale Hurston historical newspaper coverage

Zora Neale Hurston Dramas Library of Congress blog March 13, 2017

Preserving Songs and Culture: Zora Neale Hurston and the Federal Writers’ Project Teaching with the Library of Congress blog June 4, 2015

LISTEN: Zora Neale Hurston Performs Folk Poetry and Song from her Native Florida From the Catbird Seat blog February 28, 2014

More Zora Neale Hurston folklife audio recordings

Literary Birthday Celebration: Zora Neale Hurston streaming webcast

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