Ernest L. McIntosh Sr.
African American participation in marine-related careers began as early as 1796, when the federal government issued Seamen’s Protection Certificates to merchant mariners defining them as “citizens” of the United States effectively making maritime employment one way for Blacks to shape their identities. This collection This project documents the fishery-related occupations of African Americans in coastal Georgia 1865 to present and gather information for future work that may ascertain the relationship between their decreased participation and changes in regional fish populations and the fishing industry.
Ernest L. McIntosh Sr. is an oysterman and blue crab fisherman in Harris Neck, GA. Known in the community as the :last Black blue crab fisherman," Mr. McIntosh shares his family's history in the crabbing business from building a plant to providing jobs for members of the community. He also discusses the circumstances of his family's exit from the commercial fishing industry; as well as the environmental and business changes he's seen in the fishery since he started in the late 70's.
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