Steaming crabs, Pope's Creek, Maryland, c. 1963. Photo: Marion E. Warren
Blacks of the Chesapeake
African-Americans who have worked and continue to
work in the maritime and seafood processing industries in the
Chesapeake Bay region are an integral part of this area's rich
culture and heritage. In 1994, the Blacks of the Chesapeake
Foundation began to document this aspect of Americana. The
foundation serves the community with a broad range of historical,
cultural and educational activities.
Documentation includes the book,
Bay through Ebony Eyes, which provides a history of
African-American contributions in the Chesapeake's maritime
industries, and includes a collection of seafood recipes, poetry,
photographs and sketches; and the book,
Blacks of the
Chesapeake, An Integral Park of Maritime History, which
provides a pictorial history of African-Americans at work as ship
captains, sail makers, watermen, and seafood processing plant
Originally submitted by: Wayne T. Gilchrest, Representative (1st District).
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