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Eugene Nickens, longshoreman
Eugene Nickens, longshoreman

Eugene Nickens, a retired longshoreman and an outdoorsman, died Friday of kidney failure at the Joseph Richey House hospice in Baltimore. He was 87. The son of Eugene Nickens, who worked in a dry-cleaning establishment, and Annie Nickens, a housekeeper, Eugene Nickens was born in Baltimore. When he was 11, he moved with his family to the historic African-American community of Pumphrey in Anne Arundel County, where they settled on a chicken farm. Mr. Nickens attended Wiley H. Bates High School in Annapolis until the 11th grade, when he left after the death of his father to help operate the family farm. A resident of Pumphrey for more than 70 years, Mr. Nickens later worked as a...