The Bivalve Trail

William Major Parker and the Lighthouse

July 04, 2021 Season 1 Episode 6
The Bivalve Trail
William Major Parker and the Lighthouse
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The Bivalve Trail
William Major Parker and the Lighthouse
Jul 04, 2021 Season 1 Episode 6

Episode 6 dives into a new, ground-breaking guy: William Major Parker was one of the very few men of color employed by the United States Lighthouse Service when he was appointed as Head Lighthouse Keeper at Killick Shoals Lighthouse in 1886. Killick Shoals stood off the western coast of Chincoteague Island in the middle of the channel. 
Lighthouse Keepers faithfully maintained the lighthouse where they worked and made sure the light shined nightly,  keeping mariners and sailers safe at sea and aiding their navigation. Lighthouses helped the newly-formed United States to have a prosperous trade economy, and become a world commerce worthy of recognition. 

Lighthouses are a symbol of the original vision, the dream, for the independent and prosperous country America was to be.

THE BIVALVE TRAIL is produced by the Chincoteague Island Theatre Company and the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Researched, written, and narrated by Lexi Hubb. Podcast artwork by Angela Heady. Recording and post-production by Longtayle Studios. Music by Bill Troxler.

For sources used and photos, go to https://www.chincoteagueca.org/bivalvetrail.html

Show Notes

Episode 6 dives into a new, ground-breaking guy: William Major Parker was one of the very few men of color employed by the United States Lighthouse Service when he was appointed as Head Lighthouse Keeper at Killick Shoals Lighthouse in 1886. Killick Shoals stood off the western coast of Chincoteague Island in the middle of the channel. 
Lighthouse Keepers faithfully maintained the lighthouse where they worked and made sure the light shined nightly,  keeping mariners and sailers safe at sea and aiding their navigation. Lighthouses helped the newly-formed United States to have a prosperous trade economy, and become a world commerce worthy of recognition. 

Lighthouses are a symbol of the original vision, the dream, for the independent and prosperous country America was to be.

THE BIVALVE TRAIL is produced by the Chincoteague Island Theatre Company and the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Researched, written, and narrated by Lexi Hubb. Podcast artwork by Angela Heady. Recording and post-production by Longtayle Studios. Music by Bill Troxler.

For sources used and photos, go to https://www.chincoteagueca.org/bivalvetrail.html