Bivalve in Cumberland County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Steps to Harvest Oysters and Bring to Market
5. Oysters were counted into bushel baskets.
6. Bushels were consolidated into sacks or barrels.
7. Sacks or barrels were wheeled on hand trucks through the alley way and were loaded into the awaiting boxcars.
The practice of floating oysters (step #2) was banned around 1927 after an outbreak of typhoid fever was blamed on the Delaware Bay oysters. Later the true source of the epidemic was identifies as milk from Chicago, but by then the practice of shucking (removing oyster from shell) was in place. An almost exclusively African American migrant work force was imported from the Chesapeake Bay to work as shuckers in the packinghouses. The workers lived in deplorable conditions in company towns such as Shellpile. They were seasonal workers and returned to their homes along the Chesapeake. Eventually, many workers and their families settled permanently in the Bayshore Region.
Funding for this interpretive exhibit is made possible in part by a grant from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust administrated by the New Jersey Historic Trust.
Location. 39° 13.986′ N, 75° 1.95′ W. Marker is in Bivalve, New Jersey, in Cumberland County. Marker is on High Street. Touch for map. Marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Steps to Harvest Oysters and Bring to Market (here, next to this marker); Bivalve Oyster Shipping Sheds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Schooner AJ Meerwald (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Bay and River (within shouting distance of this marker); Ecology in the Watershed (within shouting distance of this marker); Maurice River (within shouting distance of this marker); All Shapes, Sizes and Materials (approx. 2.6 miles away); A Guiding Light (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bivalve.
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