Renaissance artist Project: Zora Neale Hurston

Renaissance artist Project: Zora Neale Hurston

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  • Zora Neale Hurston is an famous Harlem Renaissance artist.
  • Zora was the daughter to two former slaves & was birthed on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama.
  • Following the death of her mother, Lucy Ann Hurtson in 1904, Zora had to support herself & finance her efforts to get an education.
  • Zora worked a variety of jobs, including a maid for a an actress in a touring Gilbert & Sullivan group.
  • In 1920, Zora earned an associate degree from Howard University, also having one of her earliest works published in the university's newspapers. 
  • Zora became a fixture of New York City's Harlem Renaissance thanks to novels like "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and shorter works like "Sweat", also being an outstanding folklorist and anthropologist who recorded cultural history. 
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