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Each Celia Grace wedding dress is named in honor of an inspiring woman - because we believe who you are is more important than how you look. This sweetheart bodice and dramatic open back dress is named in honor of the African American novelist and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston.
A special shout out to Black Sheep Bride and their awesome readers for helping name this dress!
Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama as the fifth children of eight to two former slaves, John and Lucy Ann Hurston. At the age of 3, she and her family moved to Eatonville, Florida, one of the first all-black towns in the United States, that would later be used as the backdrop for many of her stories.
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Growing up, Zora faced misfortune as her mother died in 1904 and father stopped paying for her education which would result in expulsion from a Baptist boarding school in Jacksonville, Florida.
Despite those obstacles, Zora excelled in college. So much so that after leaving Howard University, she was offered a scholarship to Barnard College, Columbia University as their only black student where she would receive her B.A. in anthropology.
This dress was named for an inspiring woman, Zora Neale Hurston.
As an adult, Zora spent her time writing and conducting anthropologic and ethnographic research in the Caribbean and Southern United States. It was in Haiti where she wrote her masterwork, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), which is highly influential to African-American and women's literature to this day.
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Zora died at the age of 69 on January 28, 1960 due to hypertensive heart disease and was then buried in Fort Pierce, Florida. As her house was being cleared out by the use of fire, Deputy Sheriff Patrick Duval, who was aware of its importance, intervened in order to salvage her work to be appreciated for years to come. She will always be remembered through her writings, as a talented and inspirational woman during the Harlem Renaissance.
This dress gives back by supporting women and men who weave Celia Grace Wedding Dress silk on traditional no-electricity looms. This dress is made following fair trade practices and Celia Grace donates a school uniform to a girl in Cambodia with every dress sold through the organization Tailored for Education.