Notasulga in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston
— Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) —
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.
From Hurston's Jonah's Gourd Vine
Erected 2008 by Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Churches & Religion • Women. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 7, 1891.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at Touch for directions.
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" (approx. 2.7 miles away); Shiloh-Rosenwald School / Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Rosenwald School (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Notasulga.
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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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