Zora Neale Hurston
Documents and Audio

Essay

Essay by Zora Neale Hurston

Essay by Zora Neale Hurston

"Turpentine Camp—Cross City"

August 1939

S 1585

“Well, I put on my shoes and I started. Going up some roads and down some others to see what Negroes do for a living. Going down one road I smelt hot rosin and looked and saw a 'gum patch.' That’s a turpentine still to the outsider, but gum path(sic) to those who work them … ”

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston wrote this essay during a trip to the Cross City turpentine camp for the WPA.


View the essay »

Stetson Kennedy's Introduction

A Reference Guide to Florida Folklore from the Federal WPA Deposited in the Florida Folklife Archives

From 1937 to 1942, Stetson Kennedy headed the Florida Writers' Project unit on folklore, oral history, and social-ethnic studies. Kennedy and Zora Neale Hurston worked together to capture the traditions, songs, tales, and anecdotes of the people of Florida. Kennedy's introduction to A Reference Guide to the Florida Foklore from the Federal WPA includes the story of the trip that he and Hurston took to the Cross City turpentine camp. His introduction mentions the essay she wrote and helps to put the piece in context.


Stetson Kennedy's Introduction »

Audio

Sound Recordings by Zora Neale Hurston

A compilation of Zora Neale Hurston sound recordings created while she worked for the WPA in the 1930s.


Audio »