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Zora Neale Hurston
3017 Sherman Ave. NW, Columbia Heights neighborhood, DC.
A novelist, short story writer, anthropologist, and folklorist, Hurston is the author of four novels, Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934), Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939), and Seraph on the Suwanee (1948). She also published nonfiction, including two books of folklore, Mules and Men (1935) and Tell My Horse (1938), and the memoir Dust Tracks on a Road (1942). Between 1918 and 1924, Hurston began her undergraduate degree at Howard University. She completed her college degree at Barnard College in New York in 1927.
Hurston later worked as an anthropologist, conducting field studies under a Guggenheim Fellowship, and as a journalist, teacher, and freelance writer.
Hurston rented a room at this first location in 1922 or '23 while a student at Howard University. The Phyllis Wheatley YWCA was briefly Hurston's home in 1924, also while she was a student at Howard.
Hurston is also remembered locally with a restaurant, Eatonville, named for her place of birth in Florida.
Author photo courtesy of Library of Congress.