When Zora Neale Hurston Studied Zombies in Haiti

Zora Neale Hurston’s 1930s study of Haitian voodoo culture showed her a new category between life and death

Illustration: Nathalie Jolivert

WWhen Zora Neale Hurston stepped ashore in Port-au-Prince, in September 1936, Haiti was in the middle of what local officials were calling its second independence. Since an armed revolution in 1791, which…