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Al Milliken (right) and friend (unidentified) at Al's shop, Captain Hort's Pickin' Parlor. Milliken built a warehouse to protect some of their family store’s merchandise in the event of a hurricane. A portion of that warehouse has become a local…

Folks at Blue Monday Shad Fry. Servers are dishing up shad roe-- sacs of fish eggs, cooked in bacon fat with shallots, onions, salt and pepper, and chicken eggs thrown in at the end, fried shad cooked by Jesse Banks-- president of the shad fry, hush…

Earl Brown, an official leader and large financial supporter of Blue Monday, dishing up shad roe.

Earl Brown showing what raw shad roe sacs look like.

Member of the McCulick extended family holding a long handled pan. "As the lore goes," the shad was once cooked in a pan like this over charcoal. Now the pan serves as an artifact put on display where people are cooking and dishing up food.

Preparing and frying the shad steaks.

Shad steaks are cooked in bacon grease and water until they start to fall apart. Shallots, garlic, spices, etc. are then added.

Photo taken from Tom Charles' boat, about 100-150 yards away from lock. View of men further down from the fish ladder fishing for shad with a net.

Jimmy Gatlin playing the keyboard, unidentified man singing, and George Graham-- another official leader of Blue Monday and main supplier of fish for the fry-- standing. Gatlin always provides the musical entertainment for the Blue Monday shad fry.

Shad is cut like steaks, then drenched in flour and fried.
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