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Zora Neale Hurston And Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a wife of a hotel owner and Zora Neale Hurston was the daughter of a former slave, and when the two women met they hit it off and got so tipsy together at the bar that neither could drive. Owning a whole hotel, Rawlings invited her new friend to stay over — but asked her to go sleep in the black servants’ quarters.

That act of racism could have been the end of their budding friendship, but Hurston gave her new friend a second chance, and the next time there was an overnight visit she insisted that she stay in the rooms of the house.

Both women leaned on each other as they tried to become writers, and Hurston went on to write the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, while Rawlings won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939.