The Bradley family are some of the last African-American shrimp boat owners in South Carolina. James Bradley Jr. recently took over as captain of “Bradley’s Pride.”
The family business is rooted in their land on St. Helena Island, S.C. Over 100 years ago their family owned several acres on Village Creek, affording them a rare deep-water dock sheltered by miles of marshlands. It was the perfect spot to launch a fishing empire. Its access to the ocean also commands top dollar from developers. Over the years as times got hard, the family sold most of the land. About an acre remains.
Bradley’s Seafood Market, on Sea Island Highway, continues to be a family-run operation.