Zora Neale Hurston, the famous anthropologist known for her collective works of written plays, short stories and novels, is honored by Google with her very own Google Doodle.
Born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama, Zora Neale Hurston and her family moved to Eatonville, Florida when she was young. Eatonville, known for being one of the first all-black towns in the United States, served as an inspiration for Hurston’s later work.
Beginning her career as a student anthropology researcher at Barnard College and Columbia University, Hurston began to write about folklore surrounding her black community in Florida, the Caribbean and the South.
Zora Neale Hurston rose to notoriety with her novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” The novel was later turned into a movie which starred famous Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry.
In honor of all of her achievements and success, residents of Eatonville celebrate Hurston’s life each year with the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. Hurston is also glorified and immortalized in the Zora Neale Hurston Museum.
Hurston wrote a total of 24 collective plays, short stories and novels over the course of her life. At 69, Hurston suffered a stroke and died of hypertensive heart disease on January 28, 1960. Her grave remains at the Garden of Heavenly Rest in For Pierce, Florida.
Who is Zora Neale Hurston? Google Doodle Honors Famous Writer.