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Descendants of the E.S. Newman Shipwreck Reunite to Celebrate the Legacy of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station

  The Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. marked the 125th Anniversary of the E.S. Newman shipwreck and rescue with a Governor’s proclamation and a reunion of descendants in October 2021. By Amy Beth Wright Dwight Meekins and Daniel Gardiner have met many times before; one particularly poignant occasion was in 1996, when the U.S. Coast …

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First Wave: Richard Etheridge and His Crew of Black “Surfmen” Prove Themselves on a Heroic Night

By Bridgette A. Lacy When Richard Etheridge peered out of the tower of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station that he commanded, he could hardly see for the blinding storm, what we would call a hurricane today. That Sunday night in October 1896 was going to be cold and long. Strong northeast winds whipped around the …

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African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina Celebrates Juneteenth Launch

Six-County Collaboration Inspires Exploration and Appreciation of Dozens Of Sites   (June 18, 2021) – The African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina (AAENENC) will officially launch this Juneteenth (Saturday, June 19, 2021) encouraging a deeper understanding and recognition for the contributions of the Black community in one of America’s most history-rich corridors. The new …

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First in Freedom | A Culture of Diversity on the Outer Banks

By Aaron Tuell on Jan. 15, 2021   The Outer Banks that many visitors celebrate today as America’s best family beach vacation has an incredible backstory that’s ripe for discovery. Buried between the headlines of the first English colony in America at Roanoke Island and the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, you’ll find the heroic saga of strong …

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