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African American Oystermen Marker, K-322

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. Hobson's 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 of other employment.

Marker Information:
Date Approved by DHR: 03/16/05
Year On Marker: 2005
Original Sponsor: Private Sponsor
Region: Tidewater Region
Geographic Location: Suffolk
Physical Description of Location: 8289-8299 Crittenden Road (County Road 628), just south of Macedonia Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23436.
GPS Location: 36.893675,-76.513478
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