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Notasulga in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston

Notasulga, Alabama

 

—Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) —

 
Birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
1. Birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.
Side 1
Celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston was born in Notasulga on January 7, 1891. Her parents, John Hurston and Lucy Potts met here, at the Macedonia Baptist Church. but moved to Eatonville, Florida where Zora grew up. Through extreme dedication she secured higher education at Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University. Her first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934), based on her parents lives, is set partly in Notasulga. Hurston's masterpiece Their Eyes Were Watching God, appeared in 1937. She published two other novels, Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939) and Seraph, on the Suwanee (1948); Two books on culture and anthropology, Mules and Men (1935) and Tell My Horse (1938); and an autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road (1942). After long neglect, Hurston's literary reputation blossomed two decades after she died in Fort Pierce Florida, on January 28, 1960.
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Side 2
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No, he couldn't leave Notasulga where the train came puffing into the depot twice a day. No, no! He dropped everything and tore out across the fields and came out at last at the railroad cut just below the station. He sat down upon the embankment and waited. Soon in the distance he heard a whistle, "Whaooom!, Wahup, Wahup!"
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By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
2. Birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston Marker (Side 2)
And around the bend came first the smoke stack, belching smoke and flames of fire. The drivers turning over chanting "Opelika - black - and - dirty! Opelika - black - and - dirty." Then as she pulled into the station, the powerful whisper of steam. Starting off again, "Wolf coming! Wolf coming! Wolf coming! Opelika - black - and - dirty, Opelika - black - and - dirty! Auh-wah-hoooon" into the great away that gave John's feet such a yearning for distance.
    From Hurston's Jonah's Gourd Vine
 
Erected 2008 by Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel.
 
Location. 32° 33.93′ N, 85° 39.958′ W. Marker is in Notasulga, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is on Auburn Road (Route 14) 0.3 miles east of Tallapoosa Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 444 Auburn Road, Notasulga AL 36866, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bethlehem (approx. 1.2 miles away); Camp Watts (approx. 2.3 miles away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church - Church Privies (approx. 2.7 miles away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church - Baptismal (approx. 2.7 miles away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church "The Tree"
Zora Neale Hurston image. Click for full size.
Public Domain (Library of Congress), ca.1935/43
3. Zora Neale Hurston
(approx. 2.7 miles away); Shiloh-Rosenwald School / Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); First Rosenwald School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Loachapoka Historic District (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Notasulga.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Zora Neale Hurston. (Submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Official website of Zora Neale Hurston. (Submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Macedonia Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
4. Macedonia Baptist Church
Macedonia Baptist Church cornerstone. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
5. Macedonia Baptist Church cornerstone.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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