In mid October I had the chance to be included in a photograph of a group of people that I love - Promise Landers!
The Promise Land, located in my hometown of Morehead City, NC, is a small geographical area - it spans from about 9th-10th Streets (depending on who you talk to) at the eastern border, to 15th Street at the western end, and from Evans Street to the north (or, Arendell St., again that depends on who you talk to) and Shackleford Street/Bogue Sound to the south. It originally began to be settled about 1899-1900, when residents of NC's outer banks islands, specifically the Cape Banks - aka Ca'e Banks - suffered a final and devastating hurricane that obliterated their island home.
In 2012 the Promise Land Society was formed in an attempt to carry on and record the heritage of our forefathers. Its members have renewed family and friend bonds and have laughed and cried over shared memories. To date, two Promise Land Festivals have been held - each in late October - with the promise of more to occur annually, and two books have been written - these record the photographs, memories and stories of Promise Landers.
I grew up in this area of town. It is beautiful beyond words. And the people - my friends and family - are even more so.