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[Florida: Writers' Project] In a town apart, the pride and trials of Black life / Damien Cave, New York Times
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CreatorCave, Damien
ContributorsNew York Times
Title[Florida: Writers' Project] In a town apart, the pride and trials of Black life / Damien Cave, New York Times
EditionSeptember 28, 20089
PublisherNew York: New York Times
DateSeptember 28, 2008
Series titleGoing Down the Road Zora's Home This is the sixth in a series of articles that revisit states and landmarks in the American Guide Series of books, which was produced during the Depression by the Federal Writers' Project and has become part of the canon of American travel writing.
NotesEatonville, the first all-black town to incorporate in the country and the childhood home of Zora Neale Hurston, is no longer as simple as she described it in 1935: "the city of five lakes, three croquet courts, 300 brown skins, 300 good swimmers, plenty guavas, two schools and no jailhouse." It is now a place of pilgrimage. Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee have come to the annual Zora! Festival in Eatonville to pay their respects to Hurston, the most famous female writer of the Harlem Renaissance. And yet in many ways, the town she described and made a tourist stop by including it in the Florida travel guide produced by the Depression-era Federal Writers' Project remains a place apart. It is as independent, dignified and private as it was in the 1930s, when Hurston wrote that rural blacks in Florida often resisted sharing their true thoughts with the white man, who "knowing so little about us, he doesn't know what he is missing."
SubjectFlorida Writers' Project. Eatonville, Fla. -- History. Hurston, Zora Neale.
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