Maritime & Seafood Museum Opens in Biloxi, MS

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The sail of the Nydia can be seen inside the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi during the private opening party there on Friday. The Nydia was built around 1898 at the Johnson Shipyard in Biloxi. Photo courtesy of JOHN FTIZHUGH — SUN HERALD

In 2010, Francis Lam traveled to Mississippi to document Biloxi’s Ethnic Shrimping Communities. It had been 5 years since Hurricane Katrina, but the storm and its aftereffects were still top of mind for all of the people with whom he visited.

We worked for many years until I have family of my own and I have my own boat and everything. I got a very big boat and spent a lot of money on that. And then Katrina start coming in, and we can’t handle the mortgage no more. ~Peter Nguyen

Now, Biloxi’s seafood community has something to celebrate.

The new Maritime & Seafood Museum opened last Saturday. The original museum, which stood on the same site, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The new facility was built with funds from FEMA and insurance.  From the  announcement:

It will tell the same story of the culture of the boatmaking, fishing, seafood factories and the people who made these industries flourish. It will just do it in a bigger, more high-tech way.

Read more about the museum’s opening here and then visit the Maritime & Seafood Museum website.