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Zora Neale Hurston Memorial

Posted by
Fran (Trumbull CT, United States) on 28 February 2016 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Zora Neale Hurston, the famous Harlem Renaissance writer and ethnologist (1901-1960) who drew her inspiration from African American Florida folklore, lived her final days and is buried in Fort Pierce, Florida. An interest in her work (now required reading on many college campuses) was revived by Alice Walker ("The Color Purple") who chronicled her search for Hurston's unmarked grave in a Ms. Magazine article in 1975, "Looking for Zora." Walker clawed her way through waist high weeds in a neglected cemetery and commissioned a marker for Hurston. Today the site is the well maintained Sarah Memorial Gardens and the city provides visitors with the Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail with 10 markers focusing on her life here.