By 1842, the oyster industry in New York City was generating annually around $6 million. Thomas Downing is a local and international sensation and Downing's Oyster House is the most favorite resort of the distinguished and influential in society. Downing used his wealth from supplying oysters in every style to help African American charities and promote social change for a more equitable America.
THE BIVALVE TRAIL is produced by the Chincoteague Island Theatre Company and parent organization, the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Project partner is the Museum of Chincoteague Island. Researched, written, and told by Lexi Hubb. Podcast artwork by Angela Heady. Recording and post-production by Longtayle Studios. Music by Bill Troxler.
The voice of Thomas Downing by James Rich. Additional vocals from Donna West, Thom Nolan, Bill Troxler, and Justin Aruck.
For sources used, please visit chincoteagueca.org/bivalvetrail.html