Zora Neale Hurston is best known as a Harlem Renaissance writer and American folklorist who celebrated the African American culture of the rural South. Her most famous work includes “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” published in 1937, and an autobiography titled “Dust Tracks on a Road”, completed in St. Augustine and published in 1942.
The home she rented at 791 West King Street has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since 2003. In 2016, the City Commission named a park located on the corner of US1 and King Street after Hurston to honor her legacy and document her association with the city.
West King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
ALBUQUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center their first stop upon arriving in the Nation’s Oldest City. Commonly known as the “VIC,” the center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area's attractions, clean restrooms, a gift shop. The VIC is staffed with friendly fully licensed tour guide hosts who gladly share information on attractions, museums, tours, accommodations, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. The VIC is where a St. Augustine vacation begins, whether you plan to stay a day, a weekend or longer.