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African American Oystermen

 
 
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By James Thomson, January 19, 2011
1. African American Oystermen Marker
Inscription. Hobson is an example of an African American oystering village that developed during the last quarter of the 19th century on the James River, the Chesapeake Bay and their tributaries. As in other watermen communities, people also farmed and worked at nearby shucking houses and canning facilities. Hobsons black oystermen worked oyster beds in the James and Nansemond Rivers and Chuckatuck Creek that were leased primarily from the state. Bay region oyster beds were once among the richest in the world. Starting in the late 1950s Virginia's oyster production declined because of pollution, such as the chemical kepone, oyster diseases, weather, and overharvesting which caused many of the oystermen to leave in the search for other employment.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 322.)
 
Location. 36° 53.613′ N, 76° 30.811′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Crittendon Road (Virginia Route 628) and Macedonia Drive on Crittendon Road. Click for map. Marker is in the community of Hobson. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8300 Crittendon Road, (Hobson), Suffolk VA 23436, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured
African American Oystermen Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson
2. African American Oystermen Marker
as the crow flies. John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (approx. 3.4 miles away); St. John's Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Isle of Wight County / Nansemond County (approx. 3.9 miles away); Josiah Parker (approx. 4.5 miles away); Sleepy Hole Ferry (approx. 4.9 miles away); Yeates School (approx. 4.9 miles away); Bennett's Home (approx. 4.9 miles away); Hargrove's Tavern (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Suffolk.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 726 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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