Enfiled-(BlackBottom)-A town lost in time

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summer solstice

Raleigh, NC

#1 May 13, 2008
I grew up in Enfield. It was nothing really good about it then and things haven't chnaged much. What is going on? When I do visit it is so depressing. People with no jobs, school systems declining, drop out rates rising and poverty stricken black people with out a chance. People, change is what you need and if you don't change, you will never grow.
black bottom raised

United States

#2 Jul 9, 2008
I grew up in Enfield, I love the town, but hate what it has become. There are no jobs,no progress, and no signs of changeT.Its a never ending cycle thats hard to escape. I have watched people that i grew up with who have so much potential become murderers,rapist,drug dealers, prostitutes, and whatever else u can imagine.
Eldon Pittman

Woodbridge, VA

#3 Oct 12, 2008
I grew up in Enfield also. I have fond memories of this town, and some of my best friends in life still live there. It has the same problems the world is having: lack of programs to keeps the youth positively engaged. I am proud to the the Bishop family (Warnie and Wilbert) on the cutting edge of solving this problem. Up with hop....down with dope!
Doris

Victoria, TX

#4 Oct 16, 2008
I was born and raise up in black bottom.It's not the town, it's some of the people that live there.
If you don't stand up for what's right and what you want out of life things will never change.The people have a make a change for theirselves and leave the drugs and other illegal activities alone.The people have to stand together and make it a better place to live.I will always love my home town.
Doris

Victoria, TX

#5 Oct 16, 2008
I was born and raised up in black bottom.It's not the town it's some of the people that live there.If you don't stand up for what's right and what you want out of life things will never change.The people have to make a change for theirselves and leave the drugs and other illegal activities alone.The people have to stand together and make it a better place to live.I will always love my home town.
mary lynette lawrence

Powder Springs, GA

#6 Oct 29, 2008
I grew up in Enfield. I lived across the track from BLACK BOTTOM. In what we called New Town. I lived on Hannon Street St. And went to INBORDEN SCHOOL. The town is gone. Like what has been said there are no jobs, for the blacks. Drugs, killing has taken over a town that use to be so peaceful.

“Blackbottom raised”

Since: Oct 08

Enfield, NC

#7 Nov 14, 2008
mary lynette lawrence wrote:
I grew up in Enfield. I lived across the track from BLACK BOTTOM. In what we called New Town. I lived on Hannon Street St. And went to INBORDEN SCHOOL. The town is gone. Like what has been said there are no jobs, for the blacks. Drugs, killing has taken over a town that use to be so peaceful.
Lynette REDO! Pothandle REDO! HaHaHa
Calvin Lynch

Reisterstown, MD

#8 Feb 24, 2009
Ooh yeah, I grew up in Enfield also Now I live in Baltimore. I just recently visited my home town and i see they have the same problems we have here. And OMG Black Bottom looks a mess. Some of my family still lives there. They call it home. So I guest I still call it home away from home. There is one thing I still love about the place, that is the good food. Take my word and praise the lord
So sad for the good

Morrisville, NC

#9 Mar 18, 2009
Black Bottom has always been the same, but has gone from bad to worse. Thank God I lived and grew up on the other side of town, and thank God I been gone from Enfield for 20 plus years now. Only return to visit every now and then. God bless Enfield. If you want something out of life you have to work for it. Not wait for someone to give to you.
betty from brooklyn

Holtsville, NY

#10 Apr 4, 2009
I grew up in Black Bottom I left over forty years ago When I left Enfield we had love for each other.Sadly today we can not say the same without love and care nothing can survive. You must love anything in order to care for it.IT looks as if no one cares about Enfield.My prayer is that one day Enfield will bounce back. I go back to visit every year I believe one year I will see a change for the best.
Black Bottom Raised

Watseka, IL

#11 Apr 5, 2009
I no longer live in Enfield, but I am going to speak up for the town. Enfield is like it is because people like you stand back and talk about the town until you get on drugs yourself or have a bunch of bad kids and send them back here to live with relatives. Enfield has enough problems so keep your troubles out. Most of the people in Enfield now come from some place else. If the town is so bad,when you have nothing to offer find another town to take your trouble. I own my owe home,a good JOB,and I still know where I'm from and who I am.
concerned in enfield

Spring Lake, NC

#12 May 4, 2009
concerned in enfield

Spring Lake, NC

#13 May 4, 2009
how would yall suggest the town gets fixed
Enfield Relative

AOL

#14 May 10, 2009
I live in the country part of Enfield. Black Bottom does seem dead now. All you see down there now is young men selling drugs. There is a lot of prostitution going on in our town that people don't know about. Those apartments beside PDQ is where the prostitution is going on. Women are there making money on the 1st and 3rd of the month. Women are in there sucking men and eating women. They are licking crack cocaine off of men privacy. The apartment that it's happening at is where a man name Joe Caudle lives. Something needs to be done about this town because it is failing. Yes it is the people. There are no good looking men or women here. Everyone looks down and poor. Our children don't have anything to do. Our parks look awful; the grass is never mowed, the equipment is raggy.
lucky own farm

Philadelphia, PA

#15 May 30, 2009
if you don't have a job that don't stop you from getting off your ass and help keep the naborhood's clean & safe. no excuse if uou don't plant a seed nothing grows.
Jones

Owings Mills, MD

#16 Jun 12, 2009
My wife and I just returned from Enfield to see my niece graduate from Southeast Halifax and it appears not much has changed.

I was one of thoes "bad kids" who was sent to Enfield to "get his act together" and I was able to turn my life around.

Children need support and love, without that they have absolutely no hope.

Good luck to the class of 2009. Become a part of the solution to change Enfield and not the problem.
An old resident

United States

#17 Jun 13, 2009
I grew up in Enfield with 5 brothers and sister, but when i was 15 my mother and us left Enfield and move to Rocky Mount. Now I live in Raleigh. But i will always love Enfield and i still have family members that live there. I go and visit from time to time. Enfield will be a better place if the city councils members build & clean up the town. Enfield needs more opportunities for people to work,and more restuarants for people to choose from. Examples are Wal-mart, McDoanld's, Nails Shops, more gas stations, KFC, better parks for children to play, and more housing development for disabilities elder people.Stop giving all the housing to young adults. The people in Enfield need to get out and get a job and stop waiting for people to hand them something on a silver platter. But i do want to say good bless the residents of Enfield and maybe one day Enfield will be change. As Obama said "we can make a change" & "a change we need", the people has to work together. Lets stop the drugs, the murders, the violences, the gangs, the stealing, just lets get along. We need to build up the town and clean it up.
Paulette

United States

#18 Jun 16, 2009
I used to live in black bottom long ago. I still visit my friends and family there. Enfield might be the oldest city in Halifax County, but Enfield hasn't always been like it is now. Used to have hugs, kisses, love, and joy for one another, but now it's change. Now some of the people are on drugs, lots of them has died, gangs, and etc. Enfield need a make over and a makeover bad. I will never forget my hometown. A change has to be made. Need to be built up and clean up. Maybe the next time I visit Enfield again, it will be different. God bless us and them.
Black-Bottom Native

Rochester, NY

#19 Aug 2, 2009
I was born and raised in Enfield. My grandmother satayed on Dennis St. Coming up, I rememeber having family reunions, going downtown on saturdays to shop at Meyers Dept, Roses or getting grocery from IGA. We also had an arcade room around the corner of Friendly grill.The fair was the main attraction every year. Remeber the firemen frnch fries w/venegar on them. Now all those stores along w/the fair are gone and the town looks like a ghost town. What in the hell happen?!!! Seems like people are stuck and not wanting change. Seems once the elders left, the young ones lost their common sense to want more in life or for the community. Only thing there is to enjoy when I come home for a day or two is family, friends & food.I guess no matter what, this is where I'm from.
V Hudson

Suitland, MD

#20 Sep 9, 2009
summer solstice wrote:
I grew up in Enfield. It was nothing really good about it then and things haven't chnaged much. What is going on? When I do visit it is so depressing. People with no jobs, school systems declining, drop out rates rising and poverty stricken black people with out a chance. People, change is what you need and if you don't change, you will never grow.
I grew up in Enfield and graduated fron Enfield High. I left within three month of finishing school. At the time there wasn't jobs for many black people unless you work on the farms, which did not pay enough to suvive on. Even when you found a job it was about twenty miles away. Without your own transportation you could not get to work. So many of us lost our ours way and hope for a better life. I left for
washington DC. and worked at Howard University for many years.I am also a Certified Medication Technician and hope to open a daycare.No matter where you live the person has to make a change.
We are in charge of our life and what we do with it, is your responsibility.

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