Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail

Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston by Drew StruzanThe St. Lucie County Library System received a grant through the Florida Humanities Council to produce a Heritage Trail in honor of Zora Neale Hurston. The City of Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County School District, St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, St. Lucie County Historical Commission, the St. Lucie County Cultural Affairs Department and the St. Lucie Historical Society joined together to work on this project to chronologically represent Ms. Hurston's impact on St. Lucie County. This is the second link of the chain for a statewide trail to honor Zora Neale Hurston. St. Lucie County and the City of Fort Pierce were awarded a 2004 Roy F. Kenzie Award by the Florida Redevelopment Association, naming the Trail the "Outstanding Cultural Enhancement" for the year.

Commissioner Paula Lewis

The Trail kiosks are 3 feet high by 3 feet wide, printed in full color on front and back, with different information on each side, including maps of Hurston's travels through Florida and the Fort Pierce Heritage Trail. The Trail markers are 3 feet high by 2 feet wide, printed in full color on one side only. The Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail was officially dedicated on March 12, 2004, during a ceremony held at the Hurston Branch Library with City and County officials and members of the community and press present.

Addresses of Kiosks

Addresses of Trail Marker

  1. Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library - 3008 Avenue D
  2. Lincoln Park Academy - 1806 Avenue I
  3. Zora Neale Hurston House - 1734 Avenue L
  4. Garden of Heavenly Rest Gravesite - 17th Street and Avenue S
  5. Former Fort Pierce Chronicle Headquarters - 1529 Avenue D
  6. Means Court School - 532 North 13th St.
  7. Peek Funeral Chapel - 728 Avenue D
  8. Backus Studio - 122 Backus Avenue

You can take a "virtual" tour of the Dust Tracks Heritage Trail by following the links. Please keep in mind that the "virtual" markers include only some of the information featured on the real markers, and, if you come visit Fort Pierce, you can experience the complete markers and kiosks in their context and settings. Enjoy a bus tour of the Trail and see inside the Zora Neale Hurston House during the annual Zora Fest.

Oil Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston