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Common Read/ Common World Program

The University of South Alabama has chosen Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon as its 2023-2024 Common Read/Common World book. It is the story of one of the last survivors of the Middle Passage, Cudjo Lewis (born Oluale Kossola), who arrived in Africatown from the Clotilda. Barracoon is based on Hurston's interviews with Lewis.

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Upcoming Event: 

The University of South Alabama is excited to announce a captivating public talk on Hurston's "Barracoon" featuring distinguished scholar Autumn Womack from Princeton University. Join us for this enlightening event on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 4 p.m. in the Marx Library Auditorium, followed by a reception. Your presence will contribute to a meaningful engagement with the profound work of Zora Neale Hurston.

Barracoon: In the Marx Library

About Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was born in Notasulga, AL, on January 7, 1891. While she was still young, her family moved to Eatonville, FL, which she always considered to be her home. Hurston is the author of several novels and non-fiction works, the most well-known of which is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. This novel was made into a movie starring Halle Berry and Michael Ealy.

Zora Neale Hurston


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Jia He
Marx Library
University of South Alabama
5901 USA Drive North
Mobile, AL 36688