Snapshot: Jean Hooper, 2018

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Snapshot: Jean Hooper, 2018

by Justin Cook
Southern Cultures, Vol. 27, No. 1: Human/Nature

From "Tide and Time" | Salvo, North Carolina

Jean Hooper, eighty-five, stands in the Pamlico Sound at the Salvo Day Use Area. She was born on Hatteras Island and has watched the sea steadily reshape the only home she’s ever known. Behind her is the Salvo Community Cemetery, which is slowly washing into the sound. The cemetery is sacred ground to her, and she still wants to be buried there beside her husband and grandparents, even if the sea eventually takes her bones.