Belle Glade is a small town in the western part of Palm Beach County on the coast of Lake Okeechobee.
The town used to be completely underwater and is often referred to as "Muck City" due to the muddy ground.
Belle Glade was born in 1925, when the Federal Government decided to drain the water from the local swamp land to create space for agriculture. The pictures below show migratory workers who travelled to the area in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Many stayed in camps like the Lake Okeechobee Migratory Workers Camp shown below.
This history still pervades the area. Today, roughly half of the sugarcane grown in the US comes from the fields surrounding "Muck City" and the people that harvest the sugarcane live in Belle Glade.
The average income for residents in Belle Glade is $22,715. A full 32% of individuals live below the poverty line.
Although Belle Glade is part of one of the richest counties in Florida, the people in Belle Glade face failing schools, violent streets, and broken promises.
If you ever visit West Palm Beach, be sure to drive west and check out this small sugarcane town. Just head west on Southern Blvd, past the houses and the fields until you run into the muck.