Otis Hayward | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Otis Hayward

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Georgia Black Fisherman

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.

principal investigator
Interviewer
Date of Interview
04-05-2010
Audio
Biographical Sketch

He discussed how his family were commercial fisherman. His father (Thomas Hayward) and his brother (Thomas Johnson) were a commercial fisherman and the primary catch was shrimp. How his father's teachings helped as a fisherman and stirred his life into the political direction. Family on his fathers side were shrimpers and family on his mothers side were commercial fisherman.


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