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Janice Marshall_PC courtesy of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University

Janice & Anna Marshall

Smith Island cake Crisfield, Maryland
Photo Credit: Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University
Janice Marshall_PC courtesy of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University

Janice Laird Marshall, a sixth-generation Smith Islander, was born in the community of Tylerton on Smith Island. Like all islanders of her day, Marshall boarded on the mainland to attend high school, and came home at age 15 to marry Bobby Marshall, a waterman. A compelling and charming storyteller, Marshall is deeply connected to Smith Island’s traditional lifeways, including the famous Smith Island cake, the state dessert of Maryland. Like women in her family going back generations, Marshall has been making this delicious, multilayered dessert for years. Previously a master artist in the Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Program, Marshall has taught numerous family and community members how to make Smith Island cake, including her granddaughter, Anna Marshall, who is joining her at the National Folk Festival.

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