ANNAPOLIS, MD — Today, Governor Wes Moore and Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller attended the 46th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake. The event, attended by elected officials from across the state, was held at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield and is Maryland’s largest all-you-can-eat seafood festival.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with so many Marylanders in the place Governor Tawes called home,” said Gov. Moore. “Governor Tawes was a true public servant and served Maryland as state treasurer, comptroller, and governor. He made our state a better place for all and today, we honor his legacy by providing support and resources to Crisfield.”
“Governor Tawes’ legacy is defined by his work in pursuit of equal opportunity for all Marylanders,” said Lt. Gov. Miller. “This legacy endures and inspires us every day. It was an honor to celebrate Governor Tawes’ service to the people of Maryland alongside members of the community today in Crisfield.”
The annual crab and clam bake, hosted in what is considered to be the crab capital of the world, is named in honor of the 54th governor of Maryland, is run by the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the event benefit the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, as well as Crisfield’s local schools, police and fire departments.
Governor J. Millard Tawes, a native of Crisfield, is the only person to ever hold office as treasurer, comptroller, and governor of Maryland. During his tenure, Governor Tawes created the Department of Economic Development, now known as the Economic Development Commission, the Agricultural Advisory Board, and the Industrial Development Financing Authority. The governor also created a law prohibiting discrimination and segregation in public places and reformed Maryland’s education system, creating an advisory council on education and fighting for student loans for higher education.