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Seven local citizens of Port Norris, New Jersey shared their stories about their lives and jobs as shuckers in the various packing houses in Maurice River, Bivalve, Shellpile, Port Norris and Mauricetown, New Jersey. The panelist include: Georgia Robinson, Florence Robinson, Freddie Smith, Beryl Whittington, Margaret Towner, Anna Young and Sandra King. They describe how they shucked oysters using either the stabbing or cracking methods; what they were paid; and their living and working conditions. The program includes audience participation with question and answers from the panel. Location was the John Wesley Methodist Church, Port Norris, New Jersey.
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