NC Voices – Jackson Hamlet

Tucked away in southern Moore County is a close knit community called Jackson Hamlet. Blacks started migrating there in the late 1800s looking for land, work, and a fresh start. Generations of those families helped build the popular golf resort town of Pinehurst just down the road. But as Pinehurst and other nearby mostly white towns flourish, Jackson Hamlet is deteriorating. It has no functioning sewer system, garbage pick up, or police protection. Even though Jackson Hamlet is rural, it is densly populated. Its landscape resembles the poverty of the urban poor. Now residents are organizing and demanding change in order to preserve what\’s left. As part of our series \”North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty,\” Leoneda Inge reports.

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