The Zora Festival pays tribute to 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.
The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), a non-profit, tax-exempt historic preservation and arts organization whose mission is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, Florida, popularly known as the oldest incorporated African American municipality in the United States and the hometown of writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; to educate the public about Eatonville’s historic and cultural significance; and to use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.