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    In A Humble Way, A Life's Works and Teachings Preserved in The Benton Quarters


    In a small quaint bungalow style home directly across from the all black high school Lincoln Park Academy, Zora Neale Hurston often retreated at home in her office to write and catch up on reading. A very outspoken and often misunderstood Hurston was full of life and adventure; as evident in her many travels nationally and abroad. Hurston had a love for vibrant colors and flowers, often displayed in her dress attire and writings. \n\nHundreds of writers and artists lived in Harlem in the 1920's and 1930's and were part of a vibrant, creative community that found its voice in what came to be called the “Harlem Renaissance.”\nHurston contributed to the Harlem Renaissance by writing many stories, articles, plays and novels in the 1920's and '30's in New York. She wrote her most famous work, "Their Eyes Were Watching God," near the end of the Harlem Renaissance in 1937. Hurston was friends with Langston Hughes, a fellow writer is considered one of the most important writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, which was the African American artistic movement in the 1920's that celebrated black life and culture.