Zora Neale Hurston branched into musicology when she worked with John A. Lomax and his son, Alan Lomax. I looked up the origin of the jukebox; which led me to the juke joint; which, played a part in Hurston’s studies.

I have characters discussing booze joints, in one chapter, and this discovery may change some wording.

The left image has the following credits:

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/107444

Image Number
      • FA0514
      • 1935
Date Note
      • Photographed in June 1935.
Series Title
General Note
    • L to R: Hurston, French, Brown.
    • Hurston worked for the WPA, collecting folklife and folklore from Floridians throughout the state. She is pictured here collecting music from French and Brown.
    • Photograph was part of a 1985 traveling exhibit called “Pursuits and Pastimes”.
    • Reproduced from the collection of the Library of Congress.

The other image came from Wikimedia and had these credits:

Migratory laborers outside of a “juke joint” during a slack season, Belle Glade, Florida. Photographed by Marion Post Wolcott for the U.S. Farm Security Administration in 1944.


Source: Image is available from the United States Library of Congress‘s Prints and Photographs division under the digital IDfsac.1a34397.

Author: Marion Post Wolcott (1910–1990)


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