Happy Birthday Zora Neale Hurston [Video]
January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960
Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Out of Hurston’s four novels, 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. In 2005 a made-for-TV adaptation of Their Eyes Were Watching God, sponsored Harpo Productions and staring Halle Berry made it’s broadcast debut on ABC. Zora Neale Hurston attend and received degrees from Columbia University, Barnard College, Howard University and Morgan State University.
Hurston spent her last decade as a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers. Zora died of hypertensive heart disease on January 28, 1960, and was buried at the Garden of Heavenly Rest in Fort Pierce, Florida. Her remains were in an unmarked grave until 1973, when novelist Alice Walker and literary scholar Charlotte Hunt found an unmarked grave in the general area where Hurston had been buried, and decided to mark it as hers.