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Creator:
Anacostia Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Collection Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
2 sound recordings (audio cassette)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Sound recordings
Oral histories (document genres)
Interviews
Place:
Maryland
United States
Date:
1997
Scope and Contents:
Through an oral history interview, Mary Washington talks about her family and growing up in Huntingtown, Maryland; and her experience working as a clam shucker at the Warren Denton Seafood House (Calvert County, Maryland) for eleven years.
Interview. Part of Behind the Apron oral history project. Undated.
Biographical / Historical:
Behind the Apron oral history project documents the experiences of Black oyster and clam workers in Southern Maryland. The interviews explore issues such as: the connection between land and water, between farming and the fishing industry; the communal spirit and camaraderie amongst oyster workers; the experience of women oyster workers; and the changes in the oyster packing industry resulting in a diminshed African American workforce. The audio interviews were conducted by Shelia Montague Parker in 1997.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV005255
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
African Americans -- Employment  Search this
African Americans -- Maryland  Search this
Oyster industry  Search this
Clam industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Oral histories (document genres)
Interviews
Citation:
Behind the Apron Interview with Mary Washington, Behind the Apron oral history project, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.09-007.28, Item ACMA AV005254
See more items in:
Behind the Apron: The History, Life, and Hidden Achievements of Southern Maryland's Black Oyster and Clam Workers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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