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Tangier in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Shirt Factory

 
 
Old Shirt Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 13, 2017
1. Old Shirt Factory Marker
Inscription. Factory Road was originally named New Road. It is said to have been built by Henry Frazier, a Black man, by hand, around the time of the Civil War. In 1919, George Lawson of Crisfield, MD in association with the Kegan, Grace & W. Shirt Makers Guild located a shirt factory near the bridge to take advantage of the water transportation. Via Big Gut and Cod Harbor, raw material and finished product could be loaded onto boats and taken to market in Baltimore. The factory was managed by W. Harrison Crockett, employed 60 women and turned out 125 dozen shirts a day.

In 1927, the factory was burnt in what legend holds was arson, committed by men who were against their wives working in the factory. All that remains today is part of the concrete foundation.

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Shirt Factory Foundation - Kaye, 2006
 
Erected by Tangier History Museum & Interpretive Cultural Center.
 
Location. 37° 49.249′ N, 75° 59.721′ W. Marker is in Tangier, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Factory Road east of West Ridge Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tangier VA 23440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Miss Minnie & Capt. Charlie Pruitt House
Old Shirt Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 13, 2017
2. Old Shirt Factory Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Banty's Wharf (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tangier Volunteer Fire Department (approx. mile away); The Patrick Benson House (approx. mile away); Doctor's Bungalow (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Testament Congregation (approx. 0.3 miles away); J.E. Wallace & Co. Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); The John Thomas House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tangier.
 
Also see . . .  Tangier History Museum and Interpretive Cultural Center. (Submitted on August 14, 2017.)
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWomen
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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