Florida’s Grown Folks Black History Tour Honors Zora Neal Hurston

  By Douglas C. Lyons SAINT AUGUSTINE — The legendary Zora Neale Hurston and the town of Eatonville, are almost inseparable. Eatonville is ¬†one of the nation’s oldest all-black townships and the literary, if not spiritual, home of Ms. Hurston. But, you won’t find a state historic marker erected in Ms.Hurston’s honor in the town […]

Writing Was No Crystal Stair for Zora Neale Hurston

[Zora Neale] Hurston was no genius in money matters, as she implied, but neither was she the improvident imbecile that some people seemed to think she was. She was generous to a fault, some of her friends remembered, and she couldn’t seem to keep a dollar from slipping through her fingers. But Hurston’s almost perpetual […]

Imagine If Zora Neale Hurston Had Told the Truth About Her Age

By Douglas C. Lyons It’s impolite to ask a woman her age. Chances are, though, you wouldn’t get a straight answer out of Zora Neale Hurston. For most of her life, she never told the truth about her age. Friends, lovers, close friends fellow writers — few had a clue. Hurston lied about her age […]