“In Conversation: The Zora Neale Hurston I Remember”

In a recording from just a few weeks back at the 27th Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts in Winter Park, Florida, Zora’s friends and relatives offer amazingly personal stories about the time they spent with the talented writer and folklorist who called Eatonville her home.

Sights, sounds, and smells play a critical part in their recollections as they recount what it was like to visit Hurston and her home. In one heartfelt comment, Mrs. Ella Johnson Dinkins (daughter of Hurston’s Eatonville friend, Addie G. Johnson), remembered Zora’s affection for her and the other children of Eatonville even after many years of notoriety and success – “Zora comforted us as children […] She came to us as a mother would, […] she would always cover us, [and] love us children, because that was just her way.”

[This video recording was provided by the organizer of the 27th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities — The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) — and supported by the [True] Stories grant as well as Rollins College.]

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