Inside Tucker’s Grove's Annual Camp Meeting


FOR 145 YEARS, about a half-hour northwest of Charlotte, African-American families have gathered at Tucker’s Grove for its annual camp meeting in August. The rich Southern tradition is sparsely documented and rarely, if ever, advertised. In the two stories below, two photographers, each with his or her own lens, share pieces of camp life—from worship songs under the arbor to a grape snowball from a concession stand.

Growing up at Tucker’s Grove

Minuette Floyd has witnessed the tradition of African-American camp meetings since she was a child in the 1960s. Now she’s returned to document the religious community through her camera’s lens


Tucker's Grove Through Raymond Grubb's Lens

Fine artist and photographer Raymond Grubb has observed camp meetings for 25 years. His photographs capture the whirl of energy and one community’s joy in worship and reunion