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Six Zora Neale Hurston Sites In Jacksonville
« on: March 13, 2019, 08:39:09 AM »


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In honor of Women's History Month, here are six places famed author Zora Neale Hurston spent time in during her stay in Jacksonville.

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Re: Six Zora Neale Hurston Sites In Jacksonville
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 08:45:46 AM »
Here's a few other names that popped up during research that are associated with Zora Neale Hurston. Have not researched to see whether these buildings/storefronts still stand or not and where.

Groff's Fancy Stockings (LaVilla)
Derby Hats (LaVilla)
Fraternal Order of Odd Fellows building (LaVilla)
Acie and Emma Strums' Residence (Spring Glen/Spring Park)
Morgan's Butchers on Highland Avenue (St. Nicholas)
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (Spring Park)
Skinny dipping in Little Pottsburg Creek

Also Albert Price, one of her husbands, was from Jacksonville. He was the grandson of one of the African-American Life Insurance Company founders. Have not researched him and where he resided or hung out during the 1930s but likely his wife Zora would have visited or slept in the same location.

Last, if the white headquarters of the WPA FWP's project was housed in 218 West Adams, that means that building is associated with all of these writers including Carita Doggett Corse and Stetson Kennedy.

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Re: Six Zora Neale Hurston Sites In Jacksonville
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2019, 12:38:28 PM »
This is an awesome article even by this site's  usual high standards.  It sure feels like historical markers, tours, and widespread recognition of Zora's legacy are in order in Jacksonville.
The tourist would realize at once that he had struck the Land of Flowers - the City Beautiful!

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Re: Six Zora Neale Hurston Sites In Jacksonville
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2019, 01:04:27 PM »
Thanks. We'll be doing more of this in the future with other significant individuals from Jacksonville's past. I get the impression that we have no idea of what's the significance of we've been demolishing around this city because we've forgotten our rich history and past. This has really stood out to me while reviewing the work of several historical research related endeavors including the Civil Rights Taskforce timeline developed last year, the landmarking vs non landmarking of sites and the recent documentation of industrial sites around the Hart Bridge removal project currently proposed. Most significant individuals of our past have documents or autobiographies associated with them. They all tend to include nuggets about certain places and events associated with them during their lifetimes and travels. So it's as simple as reading through their material (in relation to Jax), pulling that information, checking to see if these specific locations still stand and identifying/exposing the links if they do.
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Re: Six Zora Neale Hurston Sites In Jacksonville
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2019, 02:35:12 PM »
Another wonderful article, thanks again Ennis and Congrats.  As was mentioned re: the house on Evergreen, she had had a clairvoyant vision that this house would hold heartbreak for her, but she came anyway...I hope it really did not turn out that way, but since she left "Bob"...?  Just curious as to what may have really happened, if you can share a little bit. 

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Re: Six Zora Neale Hurston Sites In Jacksonville
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2019, 03:30:49 PM »
You can see a preview of the book here on page 68:

https://books.google.com/books?id=bH_DBVJ1vXYC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Whatever she implied was not related to her brother's house. The writer suggests that it may have been related to someone she was dating who was abusive.
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Re: Six Zora Neale Hurston Sites In Jacksonville
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 05:07:50 PM »
Thank you for the link and the info.