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‘They Live in Guinea’ documentary to be featured at meeting

The March meeting of the Gloucester Genealogical Society will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 23, at Buck’s Store Museum in Bena.

The program will feature a showing of the 1996 documentary, “They Live in Guinea,” a video about the Guinea fishing community in lower Gloucester County.

“It was going to be a film about the past, about the long-gone heyday of a Chesapeake Bay fishing community,” said video producer Sharon Zuber of Gloucester Point. “But when the camera went on, the people of Guinea wanted to talk about what was happening in their community today. At that point, I let go of this idea of historic preservation and let the story tell itself … which I guess is what documentaries should do.”

The narrator of the video is the late C.B. “Buck” Rowe, at the time the owner of one of the few surviving general stores, C.B. Rowe & Son at Bena (now re-purposed at the Guinea Heritage Association’s Buck’s Store Museum).

“When you see the interior of Buck’s store and kno...

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