From 2009–2011 I lived in a rural town of 2,700 — Greensboro, Alabama.
Greensboro is the county seat of Hale County, which was the backdrop of James Agee and Walker Evans' Depression-era Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. It's in the middle of catfish farming country, the middle of the Black Belt, the middle of the heart of Dixie. There is so much to love about this place and I am so grateful for the time I spent there.
Over the course of the 2 years I lived there, I helped create a pop-up pie shop; helped build-out a permanent pie shop (PieLab) with community events, workshops, youth classes, and more; and also began my independent freelance career. The place and the people and the experiences were extremely formative for me. They set the trajectory for my life, both personally and professionally.
And after a 2-year hiatus, Will and I recently returned for a short visit. The nostalgia was as thick as the humid air...
Some photos from the trip below.