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Documenting Black Jacksonville: The Viola Muse Digital Edition
Laura Heffernan, University of North Florida

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Viola Muse Digital Edition (Database/Archive/Digital Edition)
Title: Viola Muse Digital Edition
Author: Laura Heffernan
Author: Tru Leverette
Author: Clayton McCarl
Abstract: Viola B. Muse (1898-1981) worked from 1936 through 1939 as an interviewer and writer in the Negro Writers Unit of the Florida Federal Writers Project in Jacksonville, Florida. Muse and the other writers in the Negro Writers Unit, including Zora Neale Hurston, attempted to document the achievements and folkways of African-American communities in Florida, and in Jacksonville specifically. The Viola Muse Digital Edition (VMDE) publishes Muse’s Federal Writers Project notes and drafts for the first time, preserving Muse’s documents as images while also transcribing them into faithful and readable formats. The VMDE includes historical maps that locate the homes of Muse’s interview subjects and other localities mentioned, along with contextual essays on Muse’s biography, the history of the Florida Federal Writers Project and the Florida Negro Writers Unit, and the geography of early 20th-century African American Jacksonville.
Year: 2022
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Access Model: Open Access