Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes met up accidentally in Mobile, Alabama in 1927. Hurston had just completed an interview and was going to make her way back up north, gathering folklore along the way. She invited Hughes to join her; he did.
In a recent article for the Oxford American, author Yuval Taylor tells the story of he and his family attempting to retrace that road trip and define the friendship between the two. If you have some time, it’s worth the read, even if only to imagine what traveling with those two would have been like.