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Maryland Crab Meat Company Exhibition

Three Smith Island crabbing skiffs appear as if tied to the dock at Crisfield’s Maryland Crabmeat Company, once one of the largest seafood packing houses in the town that called itself the Seafood Capital. Crab picking is detailed work, almost always done by women. From the lockers where they left their belongings to the table where they picked crabmeat into graded containers, the essential contents of a crabmeat plant are all here. The equipment, from a Quik Pik machine that sought to replace the workers to the big cooker – are interpreted in the words of these workers from the museum’s oral history collection.

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