Shrimp — How the Food Grew an Industry

Beginning in 1915, shrimp canneries opened in Bayou La Batre, making it the center of Alabama’s seafood industry.

The following is an excerpt from the book “The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods,” by Emily Blejwas, published by The University of Alabama Press in 2019. St. Margaret’s Catholic Church instituted the Blessing of the Fleet in Bayou La Batre in 1949 at the urging of parishioner Clarence Mallet, who believed God’s blessings are…

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