Zora N. Hurston, Rochelle French, and Gabriel Brown

Zora Neale Hurston interviews musicians Rochelle French and Gabriel Brown in this 1935 photo by musicologist Alan Lomax, taken in Eatonville, Florida. That same year, Hurston published her study of southern African American folklore, Mules and Men. Lomax collected folk music in Alabama in Sumter County with Ruby Pickens Tartt, including songs by Adele "Vera" Hall and Dock Reed.

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