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Behind the Apron Project: Mary Washington Interview,1997, Part 1

Behind the Apron oral history project documents the experiences of Black oyster and clam workers in Southern Maryland. The interviews explore issues such as: the connection between land and water, between farming and the fishing industry; the communal spirit and camaraderie amongst oyster workers; the experience of women oyster workers; and the changes in the oyster packing industry resulting in a diminished African American workforce. Part 2 of this interview with Mary Washington contains restricted personal information; because of this only Part 1 is available online. Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.