Celebrate Black History on the Outer Banks
There have been many shipwrecks throughout the years in the waters just off the Outer Banks, commonly referred to as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. One of the most notorious rescues was performed overnight in October of 1896 by the surfmen from Pea Island Lifesaving Station on the Outer Banks. Richard Etheridge, an Outer Banks born slave, served as Keeper at the time, the station’s highest rank. Etheridge and the other surfmen rescued all nine who were stranded on the E.S. Newman during treacherous weather. The Pea Island Lifesaving Station’s all-black surfmen had a reputation for being one of the best stations on the entire coast. A true Outer Banks Icon, Richard Etheridge served as keeper of the station until he died.