Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes: An Inspiring Live Presentation
Experience an inspiring live presentation of the poignant story of Keeper Richard Etheridge and the crew of the United States Life-Saving Service Station Pea Island. It became the first and only all-black station in the history of the Service and in American history. The station complex was originally located on Pea Island, northern Hatteras Island, on the iconic North Carolina Outer Banks right where the new 2018 Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge is located, hence the name.
As suggested by the title, the program has three parts: the life of freedman Richard Etheridge; the work of the surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, lasting from 1871 to 1915 when that service merged with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to be renamed the United States Coast Guard; and the heroes that this crew became. Since February of 2017, 15 programs have been presented at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island (NCARI) and every Dare County elementary school. From program creator Joan Collins, “This special program is one that kids and youth will enjoy but all ages will find it just as engaging. We invite all to attend in the spirit of uniting the community.”
For more information about the society go to https://www.peaislandpreservationsociety.com/.