Book, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Book, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Book, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Book, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Book, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Book, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Book, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Book, Their Eyes Were Watching God

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African American History Books ➔ Book, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Hurston, Zora N. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1937.

Their Eyes Were Watching God was written by Zora N. Hurston and was published by the J. B. Lippincott Company in 1937. It was Hurston's most successful novel and is held as an important piece of work for African-American literature and women's literature. 
8.25"" h 5.75"" w 1.5"" d

Changing America (May 25 – October 13 2019)

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, examines the relationship between two great people’s movements, which both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed. 

The GRPM added artifacts and stories to the exhibition to give it an additional local perspective. In addition to artifacts from the GRPM Collections, many artifacts on display are on loan from the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives. Local stories are told through the eyes of our community in the form of oral histories and a place for visitors to share their own stories.

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 was created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Zora N. Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston, born 1891, was an African-American author and anthropologist who was most known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Other popular works include The New Negro, Mules and Men, and Moses, Man of the Mountain. She passed away in 1960. 

Ruth Herrick
Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.
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