ABOUT EATONVILLE

HISTORIC EATONVILLE TIMELINE

TIMELINE PREPARED BY SCOT FRENCH, PH.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, ORLANDO
USED BY PERMISSION

ABOUT SCOT FRENCH, PH.D.

Dr. Scot French is an Associate Professor of History, Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Digital Research, and Director of Public History at the University of Central Florida. He is author of The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory(Houghton Mifflin, 2004) and has published extensively on African American history and sites of memory. A film based on his research, “That World is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town,” won Audience Favorite, Best Short Documentary, at the 2010 Virginia Film Festival. Since 2018 he has curated three exhibits on Zora Neale Hurston’s ties to Central Florida and published a peer-reviewed article, “Social Preservation and Moral Capitalism in the Historic Black Township of Eatonville, Florida,” in Change Over Time. He is a member and chair of the ZORA! Festival’s Academics Committee, and local organizer for its 2021 Afrofuturism conference at UCF’s downtown campus.

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Zora Neale Hurston

Probably the most significant collector and interpreter of Southern, African American culture, Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) is the dominant female voice of the Harlem Renaissance era. In her works, she celebrates her hometown, Eatonville, as representative of the dignity and beauty of rural Southern, African-American life and culture. A consummate storyteller, she brings to her readers an authenticity based on her primary research.

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