Ten fun facts about Zora Neale Hurston

Fact 1
Although not her birthplace, she considered Eatonville, Florida her hometown. It was the first all-black town in the U.S.

Fact 2
After she was expelled from boarding school, she had to work as a maid to the lead singer of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Fact 3
In 1917 she began using the year 1901 as her birth year. This helped her qualify for free high-school education.

Fact 4
She received a scholarship in 1925 to Barnard College, Columbia University. She was the only black student attending.

Fact 5
Her piece "Tell My Horse" was inspired by her trip to Jamaica and Haiti.

Fact 6
In 1948 she was accused of molesting a ten year old boy. The case was dismissed since she was out of the country at the time of the assault.

Fact 7
She worked as a librarian at the Pan American World Airways but was fired for being too smart for the job.

Fact 8
She died in 1960. Her grave, later marked as hers, is buried in the Garden of Heavenly Rest in Florida.

Fact 9
In Florida, her life is celebrated in several ways. One is a short festival in April called "Zora Fest".

Fact 10
She has been called "America's favorite black conservative" but also been labeled as a libertarian.

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Short about Zora Neale Hurston
An American folklorist and author.

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