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Going Down the Road – In a Town Apart, the Pride and Trials of Black Life

Going Down the Road – In a Town Apart, the Pride and Trials of Black Life – Series – NYTimes.com:

Eatonville, the first all-black town to incorporate in the country and the childhood home of Zora Neale Hurston, is no longer as simple as she described it in 1935: ‘the city of five lakes, three croquet courts, 300 brown skins, 300 good swimmers, plenty guavas, two schools and no jailhouse.’ It is now a place of pilgrimage. Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee have come to the annual Zora! Festival in Eatonville to pay their respects to Hurston, the most famous female writer of the Harlem Renaissance.

This article is the sixth in a NY Times series highlighting the American Guide Series of travel books written during the Depression by the Federal Writers’ Project.