Their Eyes Were Watching God

What does the author means that "Joe's funeral was the finest thing Orange County had ever seen with Negro eyes?"


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Joe was sort of Negro Royalty in Orange Country. He was a "little emperor" who deserved a lavish funeral, as long as his estate could pay for it. Negros were used to humble funerals out of economic necessity. Joe had set himself up as a visionary messiah of sorts who needed an appropriate farewell.