No. 3071, Edgecombe County, NC

Photos of Edgecombe County, NC, which is ranked by the New York Times among the hundred hardest places to live in America.

Tarboro, Edgecombe County’s seat, is filled with magnificent antebellum homes, gardens, and graves. It played host to a great number of Confederate leaders during the Civil War.

About a mile south of Tarboro is Princeville, the first officially recognized settlement founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. Princeville is not featured in this album. There are no shots of Princeville because there’s essentially nothing there, save for a Family Dollar and a BP station. It is intriguing to think about what we consider worthy of preservation and memorialization, and what we allow to decay, and eventually disappear.

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