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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Zora Neale Hurston was an author and anthropologist who helped preserve African American culture.

Tuesday marked 123 years since she was born. Google's Google Doodle - or header -- honored the author Tuesday.

Historian David Nolan said, "In the 1930s, she published more books than any black woman had ever published in American history."

Her book "Their Eyes Were Watching God"may be the most well known of her novels, anthropology books and many other writings.

Born in Florida in 1891, she moved to Jacksonville to live with her brother. She lived in St. Augustine at two different times in her life. While in St. Augustine in 1942, "she became great friends Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of "The Yearling,"" Nolan explained.

Hurston lived in the second story of a house on West King Street in St. Augustine. There, she completed her autobiography "Dust Tracks on a Road."

Nolan said she also taught at what became Florida Memorial College in St. Augustine.

"I think Zora Neale Hurston is the great Greek tragedy of Florida history," Nolan stated.

While a prolific in writer with many published writings and books, "she died in the poor house in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and she was buried in an unmarked grave. It remained unmarked for more than a decade until Alice Walker, the author of "The Color Purple," tracked it down and had a marker placed there.

Hurston's books are now back in print, and millions have been sold, all from a woman with nearly forgotten Florida roots.

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