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 west side of the City of Sanford, was incorporated in 1891 and then annexed into the City of Sanford in 1911.
• This class photograph shows Georgetown's younger
• 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.
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. Touch for map. The marker is located overlooking Lake Monroe near the eastern end of the Sanford RiverWalk. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America.
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 (approx. 0.3 miles away); 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.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Official web site of Zora Neale Hurston. (Submitted on April 7, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 20 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.