“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hobson in Suffolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

African American Oystermen

African American Oystermen Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEnvironmentIndustry & Commerce
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Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list.
Location. 36° 53.613′ N, 76° 30.811′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. It is in Hobson. Marker is at the intersection of Crittenden Road (Virginia Route 628) and Macedonia Drive on Crittenden Road. Marker is in the community of Hobson. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8300 Crittenden Road, (Hobson), Suffolk VA 23436, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crittenden and Eclipse (approx. 1.3 miles away); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (approx. 3.4 miles away); St. John's Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Josiah Parker (approx. 4˝ miles away); Glebe Church (approx. 4.9 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
African American Oystermen Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Thomson
2. African American Oystermen Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2011, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 2,001 times since then and 264 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2011, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 6, 2023