Little Known Black History Fact: Happy Birthday, Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist and anthropologist most famous for her 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston’s path to prominence came by way of hardship and savvy ingenuity, helping her become one of the most beloved literary figures of all time.

Born on this day in 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, to parents who were former slaves. Her parents uprooted the family and moved to Eatonville, Fla., one of the earliest all-black incorporated townships.

After the death of her mother in 1904, Hurston lived with several family members until she was sent off to boarding school in Jacksonville.

Facing a variety of hardships while working odd jobs, Hurston eventually moved to Baltimore in a bid to change her fortunes. Although she was 26 at the time, Hurston said she was 10 years younger attend the free Morgan College, which was the high school portion of Morgan…

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