Eatonville, Florida


Eatonville, nestled in Florida's orange grove country near Orlando, was the first all-Black city incorporated in the United States. It was the childhood home of the great literary figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston whose books like "These Eyes Were Watching God" became an American classic.

Eatonville was on the "chitlins' circuit," a name that became synonymous with cities friendly to the monumental music of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, James Brown, B.B. King and many others.

Today, Eatonville celebrates almost daily it's amazing cultural heritage, determined not to be swallowed up by urbanization.