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Zora Neale Hurston

Photograph by Alan Lomax. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

The 1920s and the Harlem Renaissance brought African American literary efforts to an international audience. One of the most important writers of the era was Zora Neale Hurston, an anthropologist as well as novelist. The majority of her work takes place in the southern, rural, black world, like that pictured here, taken while in Belle Glade, Florida, as part of the 1935 Lomax-Hurston-Barnicle recording expedition to Georgia, Florida, and the Bahamas. Hurston, whose most famous work is Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) is seated on the left with her back to the camera.

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