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Collection Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress

1949 to 1960


  1. 1949

    Legal case against her is dismissed

    Travels to the Bahamas

  2. 1950

    Takes job briefly as a maid in Miami, Florida

    Lives in New York and then Belle Glade, Florida

  3. 1951

    Publishes political articles and reviews books

  4. 1952

    Writes journalism

    Experiences health problems

  5. 1955

    Her long-researched book on Herod the Great is rejected

    Writes opposing Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court decision on segregation, resulting in unpopularity

  6. 1956

    Works as librarian at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, Florida

  7. 1957

    Moves to Fort Pierce and publishes articles

  8. 1958

    Substitute teaches at Lincoln Park Academy, a black school near Fort Pierce Health deteriorates

  9. 1959

    Suffers strokes

    Applies for welfare

    Enters St. Lucie County Welfare Home, October

  10. 1960

    Dies January 28

    Buried in Garden of Heavenly Rest in an unmarked grave (marked by Alice Walker, 1973)

    [Adapted from Carla Kaplan, ed., Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters. New York: Doubleday, 2002]