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George Graham with a picture of his son holding a fish.

A few months after the Blue Monday Shad Fry, George Graham, the head fisherman for the shad fry. Graham holds up a photo of him as a young man holding a large fish that he caught, and some men with their game.

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

Preparing and frying the shad steaks.

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

View from Tom Charles' boat on the Cape Fear River as you are entering Lock #1 from the east, heading west toward Fayetteville.

View from Tom Charles' boat on the Cape Fear River, near Lock and Dam #1.

Lock Master Tom Charles is part of the Army Corps of Engineers. He operates the lock for commercial and private vessels passing through to get up the river. He also leads education programs through the Bladen County schools, teaching students about…

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.

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.
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