Mount Olive

  1. Photo by Carter McCall for WhichWayNC
Michele Obin was one of the first Haitian immigrants to arrive in Mount Olive, a small town of 4,600 in eastern North Carolina, in October 2010. He came, like most, after hearing about the bounty of jobs in the area. Obin is an auto mechanic by trade, but after not finding work in his field, he decided to wait for jobs to open up. Several months later, Obin realized his prospects of finding employment were slim given the finite number of jobs and the increasing number of Haitians coming to the area. But he said he wants to stay in Mount Olive because of the temperate climate and the friendly people. “Look at that. It’s beautiful,” he said, pointing to a tree in blossom across the street from his house. “Why would I want to leave?”

    Photo by Carter McCall for WhichWayNC

    Michele Obin was one of the first Haitian immigrants to arrive in Mount Olive, a small town of 4,600 in eastern North Carolina, in October 2010. He came, like most, after hearing about the bounty of jobs in the area. Obin is an auto mechanic by trade, but after not finding work in his field, he decided to wait for jobs to open up. Several months later, Obin realized his prospects of finding employment were slim given the finite number of jobs and the increasing number of Haitians coming to the area. But he said he wants to stay in Mount Olive because of the temperate climate and the friendly people. “Look at that. It’s beautiful,” he said, pointing to a tree in blossom across the street from his house. “Why would I want to leave?”

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