|Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)|
Eatonville is one of America's oldest incorporated black towns: "Their Eyes, which Hurston wrote while on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Haiti, is regarded as a seminal work in American literature, and was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Best English-language novels written from 1923 to 2005. Hurston, who was also a folklorist and anthropologist, died penniless in 1960 in Fort Pierce [Florida]. Her unmarked grave was discovered by author Alice Walker 13 years later, reviving interest in Hurston. Their Eyes, which had been out of print for decades, was re-issued in 1978. Its 75th anniversary is being marked in cultural circles across the nation by performances, panel discussions and a radio adaptation of the novel that can be heard and downloaded at thegreenespace.org."