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The founding of Eatonville, Florida, in 1886 is celebrated on this date. Eatonville is located a few miles north of Orlando, Florida.
Eatonville, the first incorporated black town in America possesses a rich traditional culture and is integrally related to the African American traditional culture that has endured there through generations. It is one of the more than 100 black towns founded between 1865 and 1900. The town’s population in 2000 was 2,432.
It is the hometown of Zora Neal Thurston, well known Harlem Renaissance writer, and David Deacon Jones, former professional football player. It continues to celebrate its connection with Zora Neal Hurston with a yearly festival.
Artist Jules Andre Smith did a series of paintings depicting life in Eatonville during the 1930s-1940s. Twelve of these works are at the Maitland Art Center in Eatonville.
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