Alachua County Library District, partners celebrate Zora Neale Hurston

March 13, 2019

Gainesville, Fla. – The Alachua County Library District and community partners will host a special event series April 5-7 celebrating Zora Neale Hurston’s life and work with music, film, storytelling and much more.

The University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries and the Library District collaborated to commemorate author and anthropologist Hurston during Women’s History Month. Best known for her work “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Floridian Hurston published four novels, many short stories, plays and more during her career.

All events are free and open to the public.

  • Collection viewing: The series kicks off with a viewing and discussion of the Hurston Collection 5 p.m. Friday, April 5 at the University of Florida’s Smathers Library, 1545 West University Ave., in Florida Room 100. The collection includes letters, manuscripts, personal documents, photographs and more. 
  • Film screening: Lizzie Jenkins of Zeta Phi Beta will lead a viewing and discussion of “Zora’s Roots: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston” 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave., in Meeting Room B.

For more details, contact Rachel Cook at 352-334-3909 or



If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 


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