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• Dinkins, who knew the writer, was a longtime resident of Eatonville, Fla., which was founded by freed slaves in 1887. She helped start the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. Read More »
• It was a dramatic moment in October, 2019: Eatonville Mayor Eddie Cole confiscated a $25,000 check to a construction company owned by the town’s former mayor, and requested an audit from the county comptroller. Read More »
• Eatonville is one of the oldest black towns in the US. N.Y. Nathiri of the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community and landscape architect Everett Fly join Intersection to explore why this town has survived. Read More »
• Almost a century after publishers rejected it, a book by Eatonville writer Zora Neale Hurston is finally being released. In 1931, six years before her acclaimed novel Their Eyes Were Watching God was published, Hurston made the rounds with a manuscript called Barracoon. It focused on her interview with one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade. Cudjo Lewis was born in the West African country of Benin. As a teenager, he was taken prisoner and held for weeks with other captives in a barracoon – a slave pen. Eventually he and more than 100 others were sold and put on a slave ship bound for Alabama. This was 1860. The international slave trade had been illegal … Read More »
• Aloma Bowl is celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday because Winter Park City Council and some brave intelligent high schoolers saved it from getting knocked down to become another Orchard Supply Hardware, the Wawa of hardware stores. Bowlers can enjoy reduced prices on games and shoes this Saturday 9 to 2 at Aloma Bowl in Winter Park. And speaking of anniversaries, the town of Eatonville its celebrating its 130th Anniversary! Enjoy free food, music, health screenings and more Saturday 12 to 3 at the Eatonville Branch Library. Enjoy live graffiti, spoken word, break dance battles and live DJs during the Elements of Life Orlando Hip Hop Festival Saturday starting at 5 at Henao Contemporary Center. Screenings of two surfing-themed films, Under … Read More »
• Happy Birthday to Eatonville! The town is celebrating 130 years at an event this weekend. We look at what’s in store for the town known as one of the first self-governing black municipalities in the U.S. Read More »