Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) and Frances Cabaniss Roberts (1916-2000) will be inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame at its annual induction ceremony on March 7.
Hurston was unsuccessful as a writer during her lifetime. She died in poverty and obscurity in 1960. She was buried in an unmarked grave and would have been forgotten, but Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple," helped revive her writings. Hurston's writings are all in print today, and are now taught in English and African American Studies departments across the country.
Roberts was a founding faculty member of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Much of her life was spent as an activist for the preservation and continued use of historical buildings. She was the driving force behind the Old Town and Twickenham historical districts, Huntsville's Constitution Hall Village, the Huntsville Historical Society and the Huntsville Preservation Society.
The induction will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Alumnae Auditorium on the campus of Judson College. There is no charge and the public is welcomed.