Monthly Archives: July 2017

Zora Neale Hurston listens to guitarist with another man in a house porch in Eatonville, Fla., in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s.  Courtesy: American Memory

Considered the last great talent of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston graduated from Barnard College with a degree in anthropology, touring the South and appearing in impromptu gatherings of black Americans, accumulating knowledge about the beauty of distinctive African American language.

During the course of her career, Zora Neale Hurston wrote five books, dozens of short

stories, plays, and poems. Her most significant and lasting work was Their Eyes Were Watching God.

She died in Fort Pierce, Fla. working as a housekeeper, with little resources at the age of 69. Zora Neale Hurston, without having been married or children surviving.