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THE NORTHERN NECK

A window into rural Virginia

Church-goers descend into the Rappahannock River to be baptised.

The Northern Neck, as it is colloquially known, is the northernmost peninsula in Virginia. It is flanked by the Potomac River to the north, the Rappahannock River to the south, and the Chesapeake Bay to the east. Drive into the Northern Neck and you will be surrounded by natural beauty as well as decay. Vast corn fields, white churches, abandoned houses -- remnants of past lives. Many people still work off the land or the water. Zakaib’s work provides a window into this part of rural America.

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Watermen replace oyster cages on the Little Wicomico River. Oystering is a large part of local life in the Northern Neck.

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Mathew Davis, an area high schooler, stands in a boat surrounded by oyster cages ready for the water. Davis interns over the summer for Cockrell, where he aims to learn about aquaculture.

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Northern Neck Waterman Myles Cockrell stands in a drydock at the marina his family has owned and operated for generations.

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Pastor John Farmer in front of Irvington Baptist Church. Farmer views his church as a gathering space and resource for his community

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Reverend Dr. Tyron Williams in front of Mount Olive Baptist Church. To Williams, "the church is the conscience of a nation." The pastor views church as the critical bridge of social, political, and medical well-being for his community.

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White Stone Church of the Nazarene members descend upon Pastor Jim Jackson to be baptized in the Rappahannock River. Jackson leads a remarkably large, youthful and engaged congregation in a time when churches across the country struggle with membership. Read Zakaib's Full Story Here

A Lancaster High School Red Devils baseball player looks back after his team won the Virginia semi-finals. Behind him, children rush the field in celebration. Baseball is of high cultural and entertainment significance in the Northern Neck.

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Mothers | Three woman watch the Lancaster Red Devils play in the baseball state semi-finals at Dreamfields in Irvington, Virginia. 

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Kids at Kilmarnock Carnival. The carnival is an annual, long-awaited small-town tradition.

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Watchers at a baseball game.

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Cold storage in a family seafood warehouse.

Crushing fish before feeding them into the grinder.

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Grinding fish.

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Braden George stands in his family's seafood warehouse. Youth commonly leave the Northern Neck in search of greater opportunity. Although he grew up surrounded by the water, George says he doesn't want to continue the work of his family. Instead, George says he wants to run a yacht charter business. Without family like George, the longstanding Northern Neck seafood business will die.

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