About the Organization

Our Vision Statement:

To make Eatonville an internationally-recognized tourism destination of the arts and culture from throughout the African Diaspora, with special emphasis on the multidiscipline as represented in the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston™.


Our Board of Directors

PEC Staff


P.E.C. LogoThe PEC Mission:

  • To enhance the resources of Eatonville, Florida, “the oldest incorporated African-American municipality in the United States” and the hometown of writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston;
  • To educate the public about Eatonville’s historic and cultural significance; and
  • To use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development

Our Core Values:

  • To build a healthy community defined as
    • good nutrition
    • good education
    • good heritage and culture
    • good economic development
    • To advance the Zora Neale Hurston Legacy by presenting multidisciplinary programs in the fields which she worked: namely, folklore, literature, music, religion, theater, and the visual arts
    • To celebrate the cultural contributions of persons of African ancestry have made to the United States and to the world
    • To hold as essential elements of the organization

= Pride of heritage

E = Educational excellence

= Cultural arts