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In History's Wake, The Last Trap Fishermen of Rhode Island

Narragansett, Rhode Island

Cory and her daughter
Photo by Markham Starr

In History's Wake, The Last Trap Fishermen of Rhode Island features forty photographs by Markham Starr that capture the stories of the state’s trap fishermen and women.

Working with the last four trap fishing families in the Narragansett Bay area, Starr spent time on the docks, went to sea with the fishermen, and photographed them at work. The striking black and white images are accompanied by oral histories, poignantly documenting the industry before it disappears.

A collaborative project among South County Museum in Narragansett, R.I., Markham Starr, and Historic New England, In History’s Wake is partially funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Debuting at the South County Museum from June 12 to September 3, 2011, the exhibition was also on view from April 12, 2012 through June 15, 2012 at the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket, RI.

The exhibition is available for rental. Contact us for more information.

View additional images.

View a photo gallery of the exhibition opening.

Partners:

South County Museum
Markham Starr
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

 

In History's Wake, The Last Trap Fishermen of Rhode Island