Chief Curator Francis Oliver working on our newest exhibit Welcome Home Zora! Many dates have been speculated as to the date of Zora’s birth, which includes 1901, 1903 1907. However, scholars have confirmed that she was born in 1891 in Alabama. She died 1960 in Fort Pierce Florida.
Zora Neale Hurston
Goldsboro Historical Museum
The heritage of Goldsboro is much like that of Florida’s Eatonville,( established 1887) and other African-American towns across the country. These communities began with a desire to be self- sustaing, self-governing and self-policing. A few, like Eatonville, survived. Many others were gobbled up or destroyed by larger communities threatened by their existence. Goldsboro, established 1891 as the second African-American town in Florida to become incorporated, lost its’ town charter and became a community within Sanford in 1911 when Forrest Lake, a powerful Sanford banker and state lawmaker, devised a plan to dissolve the charters of both Sanford and Goldsboro and create a new charter that would make Goldsboro a community inside of Sanford. Years later, fate caught up with Lake, when he was found guilty of unrelated embezzlement charges and sent to prison.Learn more