Zora Neale Hurston
By Kyra Snow
Zora Neale Hurston was born January 7, 1891 in Notasulga Alabama. Her parents were John Hurston and Lucy Ann (Potts) Hurston, both of which were former slaves. Hurston’s mother died in 1904, and her father remarried, causing Zora to live with different family members for several years. Hurston first married Herbert Sheen on May 19, 1927, and divorced about four years later on July 7,1931. On June 27,1939 Hurston married Albert Price, and divorced him four years later in 1943. She went to Howard University,Morgan State University, Columbia University, and Barnard College within the years 1917 to 1930. She was a former maid and a journalist. She had many works and notable awards like an Honorary Doctorate from Morgan State College in 1939. Hurston’s movement worked for the Harlem Renaissance, which produced novels, plays, poems,music, dance, and other artwork that represented distinctive African American expression. In the later years, Hurston had suffered several strokes, and lived in St. Lucie County Welfare Home. She died poor and alone on January 28,1960. She was buried in an unmarked grave in Fort Pierce, Florida.