Eatonville is a town rich in black history, tucked away just north of the city of Orlando and home to a little over 2,000 people.
Eatonville is known as one of the first incorporated black towns and was formed after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Eatonville is named for Union Army Capt. Josiah Eaton. He owned the land and sold it to some African-American men who wanted to start their own city.
The city thrived in music and arts, and in 1897 the Robert Hungerford Normal and Industrial School was founded.
For years, the school was the most important school for blacks in the state of Florida. Boys and girls from all over the state came to Eatonville to learn about great poets, writers, painters, and composers.
It stayed a private school until 1950 when the courts gave it to Orange County as a public trust, and is now known as Robert Hungerford Preparatory High School -- Orange County's first all-magnet high school.
The town is perhaps best known for its annual showcase of arts, literature and culture that celebrates native daughter Zora Neale Hurston.