Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Georgetown and Goldsboro
In the 1880s, Henry Sanford created the African American neighborhood of Georgetown on the east side of the city. Mr. Sanford was encouraging the rise of a black middle class in the area. Sanford Avenue served as the new neighborhood's main street.
Georgetown's best-known resident, Zora Neale Hurston, wrote her first published novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934), while in Sanford. Hurston is famous for her book Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). Later on, Hurston was also part of the Harlem Renaissance while living in New York. She is recognized as the most prolific African American writer of her time. Many of her books are set in small communities like Sanford.
The African American town of Goldsboro, on the
• This class photograph shows Georgetown's younger residents.
• Zora Neale Hurston
• Many of Sanford's African American residents have served as proud members of the United States military.
photographs courtesy of Sanford Museum
Erected by the City of Sanford.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 28° 48.775′ N, 81° 15.351′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on East Seminole Boulevard west of North Mellonville Avenue, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located overlooking Lake Monroe near the eastern end of the Sanford RiverWalk. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Mellon and Mellonville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Fort Mellon (about 400 feet away); Early Hospitals in Sanford (about 700 feet away); Hotel Forrest Lake (about 800 feet away); Sanford's First Residents Henry Shelton Sanford (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Mellon Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Citrus to Celery (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
More about this marker. The marker is capped with the logo of the City of Sanford.
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Also see . . . Official web site of Zora Neale Hurston. (Submitted on April 7, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.