Jim Town Revisited
At one time, West Southern Pines was a self-sufficient township, often referred to as "Jim Town" during the era of segregation. The state's first incorporated black township boasted thriving businesses, strong leaders, and a tight-knit community of workers who built and served the developing resort area that we know as Southern Pines. Today, West Southern Pines is a shadow of what was. Old buildings leave little trace of the community that boasted silent movie theaters, corner markets and doctors' offices. Many of the community's residents believe that West Southern Pines can eventually see the vitality that made the area such a special place to live and work once again.