Anyway, it was Alice Walker who went in search of Zora Neale Hurston's long-forgotten grave in the 1970s and settled on a spot in the Garden of Heavenly Rest Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. In 1975, MS magazine published Walker's essay "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston," the piece which greatly helped restore Hurston to her rightful place in American letters and culture.
|Hurston's Fort Pierce home|
When we went to the cemetery to see the grave, we couldn't find it--the cemetery. So we asked a young man mowing his lawn where it was. He looked at us with a mixture of alarm and disdain, then pointed about twenty feet to our left. Duh. It looked like just a big open field. But once we realized where we were, we did not have trouble finding Hurston's grave. It was well marked and maintained.
Zora's politics shifted to the right in her later years (one of the reasons she fell from favor during the Civil Rights era); The Saturday Evening Post had even featured her in a big story in 1951 (see cover).
But Zora was a talent--and quite a personality. People who knew her reported that when Zora was in the room, you noticed no one else ...
A couple of links: http://zoranealehurston.com/
And perhaps her best known essay: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ma01/grand-jean/hurston/chapters/how.html