Eatonville Memories: Zora Neale Hurston's Eatonville

By: Kristy Andersen


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While Eatonville is no longer a backwoods town in a rural area, as described in Zora Neale Hurston's novels, the art collections of Maitland Artist Andre Smith evoke the charm of a simpler time and place in the first incorporated all-black city in the nation.


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Please tell me, isn't Eatonsville a part of Sanford rather than Orlando. Is it still called Eatonsville, or did they change it to
Goldsboro? which is a small African-American village in Sanford, and where is Maitland? Thank you
Answer: Hi Dolores,
Thanks for reaching out.
According to Wikipedia, “Eatonville is a town in Orange County, Florida, United States, six miles north of Orlando. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee metropolitan statistical area. The town includes the Eatonville Historic District.” It was the first incorporated African American settlement community in the United States, and the Town of Eatonville is the oldest municipality in America.
Goldsboro is a community and former town in Seminole County, Florida founded in 1891, and one of the oldest African-American-founded communities in the United States. In 1911, the community was annexed into Sanford, Florida. Goldsboro's identity slowly eroded after it lost its charter and was annexed.
Maitland is a suburban city in Orange County, Florida, United States, part of the Greater Metro Orlando area.
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