Zora Neale Hurston, famed Florida anthropologist and writer, was born January 7, 1891. Among her incredible body of work is a collection of African American songs, stories, histories, and traditions that she gathered from minority communities across Florida and the Caribbean as part of the WPA’s Federal Writer’s Project during the Great Depression. Check out Florida Memory’s Zora Neale Hurston in Florida research tools to learn more.

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”


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