Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum Rebuilding

Contributor: Mark Armstrong
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Updated: 2/03 7:53 pm
A lot of tales are swapped at the Baker house: memories of what they call ‘the good ole’ days’, when the seafood industry reigned supreme. Shrimping runs in Ronald Baker's blood. Baker says, “My daddy was a fisherman. My grandpa was a fisherman. My brothers fish, so we're all boatmen.” Over the years, Baker has seen a lot of changes in the seafood industry. The scenery of east Biloxi is not what it once was, and it's not all because of Hurricane Katrina. Baker also says, “It’s unbearable. All the factories are gone. Just about everywhere you got a casino that used to be a shrimp factory.” The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi wants to preserve the stories that seem to be slipping away with each generation. It's not just about the work that was done, it's about the people who lived it. Robin Krohn David, the Executive Director of the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, says, “It's just a huge family that's passionate about seeing their history and heritage alive.”

The museum first opened in 1983. It played a huge role in preserving the history of seafood workers and their families, but all of that changed when Hurricane Katrina destroyed the museum. Now it's being rebuilt and will open later this year. Baker closes, “It's a plush. I've got several things that I want to give to them.” The Bakers are glad to be a part of the Coast's shrimping history and future. The museum currently has a gift shop in Edgewater Mall in Biloxi.



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