African American Oystermen

African American Oystermen (HMQMA)

Location: Suffolk, VA 23436
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N 36° 53.613', W 76° 30.811'

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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.
Marker NumberK 322
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 12:23am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 365141 N 4084133
Decimal Degrees36.89355000, -76.51351667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 53.613', W 76° 30.811'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 53' 36.78" N, 76° 30' 48.66" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8289 Crittenden Rd, Suffolk VA 23436, US
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