Through an oral history interview, William Bourne talks about his family and growing up, and working on his family's tobacco farm in Calvert County, Maryland. Bourne describes his experience as an oyster shucker for 64 years at the Warren Denton Seafood House (Calvert County, Maryland). He explains the drop in the oyster population and the changes over the years in the oyster shucking industry, including the changing demographics of the industry's workers.
Interview. Part of Behind the Apron oral history project. Dated 19970415.
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.
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