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Zora Neale Hurston Memorial Park

Naming of the Park

Zora Neale Hurston, best known for her masterpiece, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (1937), lived in St. Augustine on several occasions during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Yet while she was one of the most prominent writers to come out of the Harlem Renaissance, she died in near obscurity in 1960, in Fort Pierce, Florida. A rediscovery of her works during the 1980s and 1990s led to a wide and new appreciation of her works, many which are now standard reading in the curriculum of high school and college literature classes. The St. Augustine City Commission chose Zora Neale Hurston to be the most recent local historic figure to be memorialized with the naming of this park. Appropriate signage will be placed at the park to identify its name and document the history of Zora Neale Hurston’s association with St. Augustine.