Zora Neale Hurston Collection getting spotlight in April

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A decades-old collection at the University of Florida is getting a spotlight in preparation for Black Women's History Month in April.

A celebration of Zora Neale Hurston's life and works will take place April 5th through the 7th at libraries across Gainesville.

Hundreds of pages of Hurston's books, poems and manuscripts were ordered to be burned after her death in 1960 before a friend stepped in and saved the documents. The works were moved to the University of Florida where they were preserved and archived.

"These materials are open to the public and I welcome anyone who wishes to consult with them whether it be for a research project or just to hear the story and see these materials in person," said Florence M. Turcotte, a literary manuscripts archivist at Smathers Library at the University of Florida.

The Zora Neale Hurston's collection can be found in special collections at the Smathers library at UF.