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In 1887, the town of Eatonville was the first African-American community in the United States to become incorporated. Growing up in this small bedroom community just minutes from Orlando inspired author Zora Neale Hurston in much of her work. Eatonville's beloved native daughter is best known for her novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
The town celebrates its most well-known resident annually with the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, also known as the ZORA! Festival, held in late January. The festival features entertainment by well-known gospel, R & B, Latin, spoken word and jazz artists such as Ashford & Simpson and the Ramsey Lewis Trio. African-American culture also is explored through visual art exhibitions and vendors, public forums and panel discussions.
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