The New York Times has been running a series of articles about the state guides published in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. This week they visited Eatonville, a small town in central Florida. Eatonville is the oldest incorporated African-American municipality in the United States, and was the childhood home of Zora Neale Hurston, who wrote the town's entry in the Florida guide.
"In a Town Apart, the Pride and Trials of Black Life" New York Times, September 28, 2008
Florida; a Guide to the Southern-most State (Federal Writers' Project, 1939)
The WPA Guides: Mapping America, by Christine Bold (University Press of Mississippi, 1999)