"Zora Neale Hurston was born in Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated Negro town in America. She attended Morgan College, Howard University, and Barnard College, receiving her degree from the latter. She received a fellowship from the Rosenwald Foundation in 1953, and Guggenheim Fellowships in 1936 and 1938."
"Miss Hurston was one of America's foremost women authors. Her short stories and articles have appeared in Opportunity, Story, Ebony and Topaz, and the Saturday Evening Post. Her works, which were largely from folk sources, include Mules and Men, Jonah's Gourd Vine, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.""This gathering today is evidence of the deep friendships formed by the deceased during a relatively short space of time."
"She has worked in many capacities. At one time she was amanuensis for Fannie Hurst, noted novelist. She served as drama coach at North Carolina College for Negroes; as a principal speaker at the annual Boston Book Fair; as a librarian in the Library of Congress and at Patrick Air Force Base, Cocoa, Florida; and as a substitute teacher at Lincoln Park Academy, Fort Pierce, Florida."
"Her personal life was as the fragrance of a beautiful rose, and her influence will ever live in whatever places she has resided. She was quiet in her manner and pleasant toward everyone. To use her own words: 'I love courage in every form. I worship strength. I dislike insincerity, and most particularly when it vaunts itself to cover up cowardice. Pessimists and grouches, and sycophants I do despise."