Zora Neale Hurston Timeline

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Jan 7, 1891 Zora Neale Hurston Born Zora Neale Hurston is born in Notasulga, Alabama. She is the fifth of eight children born to John and Lucy Potts Hurston. 1892 Move to Eatonville The Hurston family moves to Eatonville, an incorporated, self-governed, all-black town north of Orlando, Florida. Incorporated in 1887, it is the oldest such town in the United States. 1904 Mother Dies Hurston's mother Lucy Potts Hurston dies. Soon after, her father marries Mattie Moge, a young woman only six years older than Zora. Hurston and her new stepmother bitterly dislike each other. 1917 Twentysomething High-Schooler After leaving home and school and working a number of odd jobs to support herself, Hurston moves to Baltimore, Maryland. In order to qualify for a free high school education, 26-year-old Hurston lies about her age, claiming her birth year as 1901. She maintains the falsehood until her death. May 1918 High School Graduation Hurston completes her high school graduation requirements at Morgan Academy in Baltimore. After graduation, she works as a waitress and a manicurist to earn money. 1919 Hurston at Howard University Hurston enrolls at Howard University in Washington, D.C. 1920 Associate Degree Hurston receives her associate degree from Howard. 1921 Hurston Publishes First Story "John Redding Goes to Sea," Zora Neale Hurston's first short story, is published in the Howard literary magazine Stylus. Nov 1924 "Drenched in Light" Hurston's short story "Drenched in Light" is published in the journal Opportunity. 1925 Transfer to Barnard College Hurston submits the short story "Spunk" and the play Color Struck to a literary contest sponsored by Opportunity and wins second place for both. In the same year, she receives a scholarship to Barnard College and transfers, studying anthropology with the scholar Franz Boas. 1926

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