Hurston Branch Library
3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce

Hurston Library Celebrates Namesake’s Latest Book June 30

Celebrate the release of a recently unpublished novel by former Fort Pierce resident Zora Neale Hurston at the Hurston Branch Library on Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m.

Hurston’s “Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo” is the formerly unpublished story of Cudjo Lewis – a survivor of the transatlantic slave trade. Published by Harper Collins, this work from the author of the American classic “Their Eyes Were Watching God” features a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. The story brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.

To discuss the book, Hurston’s legacy and the “Unheard Voices of America,” the Hurston Library welcomes Zora scholar Professor Marvin Hobson from Indian River State College.

Zora Neale Hurston’s books, including “Barracoon,” will be sold at the event by the Friends of the St. Lucie County Library.

For information please call 772-462-2154 or email