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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Makeley Lewis


Makeley Lewis was born May 4, 1925 on Harkers Island. His father was Brady Lewis, the famed boatbuilder credited with developing the flared bow boat, a signature of Harkers Island traditional boat craft. Brady Lewis built boats “by the eye” which meant that wooden boats, made of juniper and heart pine, were built from memory.

Mr. Lewis remembers the now historic Jean Dale being built in his family’s shed. He was a fisherman and boat builder, who followed the trades of his father and grandfather. Though he’ll admit that money was scarce, fishing was a love that he pursued all his life.

Note: Mr. Lewis’s slideshow contains only photographs, no audio.

Date of interview:
2016-05-03

Interviewer:
Keia Mastrianni and Mike Moore

Photographer:
Keia Mastrianni

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