The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. was organized and incorporated in 1988. During its first year P.E.C. was primarily an advocacy organization focusing on preservation strategies, including completing a historic survey of the Town and taking steps to delay the road-widening project of the main street (Kennedy Boulevard) in Historic Eatonville. Also during this time, P.E.C. began planning for its first major cultural event, the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival). ZORA! Festival is now recognized internationally as a premier event celebrating the cultural contributions which people of African ancestry have made to the United States and to world culture.