This summer, SFA explores how new arrivals have transformed Charlotte, North Carolina. Before international influences reached Charlotte, a previous wave of immigrants made their way to Queen City from the mountains and rural farms of the Carolinas and Appalachia. As textile mills sprung up across Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, so too did new communities of textile mill workers and their families. Fish Camps emerged as a communal space centered around good food and company.
Our latest SFA documentary, All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps, explores the relationship between these textile mill communities and the Carolina fish camps the region has become known for.