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Behind the Apron Interview with William Bourne

Object Details

Anacostia Museum
Scope and Contents
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.
April 15, 1997
1 Sound recording (audio cassette)
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Oral histories (document genres)
African Americans
African Americans -- Employment
African Americans -- Maryland
Oyster industry
Clam industry
United States
Behind the Apron Interview with William Bourne, Behind the Apron oral history project, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.09-007.28, Item ACMA AV005265
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