No. 3070, Kemper County, MS

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

I have always believed one of the single most empowering things a person can do is to write their name. It takes on even more power when it becomes public, and permanent. Some places have sanctuaries for names, if you will. I do not mean places where graffiti is semi-legal, and where quality artists go to paint. I mean the types of places where adolescents steal away past curfew and laugh into the night. In Los Alamos, it was an abandoned sewage treatment plant. In Kemper County, it is the dome shaped tower tucked away on County Road 493. Places like this become sort of archaeological records– places where a child on the verge of adulthood’s desperate cry of identity is preserved in perpetuity.

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