Jolvan Morris | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Jolvan Morris

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Robert Thorpe

Reverend Robert Thorpe, one of the original members of the Harris Neck community explains fishing, crabbing, and oyster picking in McIntosh County, Georgia. He recounts the locations and ownership succession of oyster factories in the area. Thorpe's oral history describes how catch was sold in Harris Neck and surrounding communities to support his family; the roles of men and women working in oyster plants; and wintertime trapping as a way to supplement fishing income.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman
Olive Smith

Olive Smith is one of the original members of the Harris Neck community in McIntosh County Georgia. In her oral history, she explains how her mother provided food for the family by picking oysters at low tide during the winters and catching crabs. Olive's account is a brief glimpse of what life was like for the women of this fishing community.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman
Wilson Moran

Mr. Wilson Moran, historian and Harris Neck decedent describes environmental stewardship in the local oyster and crab fishery. He gives an account of changes in the fishery due to anthropogenic impacts including pollution and over harvesting. Mr. Moran concludes his oral history explaining his father's work as a commercial crab fisherman and how a working knowledge of the estuary contributed to success in the fishery.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman
Ernest L. McIntosh Sr.

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.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman
Griffin Lotson

Commissioner Griffin Lotson reflects on his experience with the shrimp industry in Darien, Georgia. He discusses the role of fishing in the Gullah Geechee community in terms of making a living, ethnic identity, and culture.

Jolvan Morris Darien, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman
Kenneth Dunham

Mr. Kenneth Dunham describes his early life in the rural coastal Georgia community of Harris Neck. Kenneth describes his father's role in the community as a boat builder, and how lessons in woodwork, carpentry, and boat building have been passed for generations. Kenneth talks about (and demonstrates) how nets and "trap lines" are made, as well as recounts how the different fishes, crabs, and terrapins were caught in this homemade gear.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman