Pea Island life savers are topic at NC Aquarium this winter
Warm up this winter with harrowing tales of courage and battles against the odds from Life-Saving Station #17. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will feature showings of Rescue Men, the documentary that chronicles the story of the all black crew of surfmen who patrolled a section of the Outer Banks in the late 1800s up to 1947.
Led by local Richard Etheridge, the Pea Island crew was the first to be made entirely of black men and proved to be one of the most courageous of the Life-Saving Service, the precursor of today’s U.S. Coast Guard.
Join the Aquarium in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month by sharing this story. The movie will show on Monday, January 16, 2012 and each Sunday in February at 1:30pm and is free to the public. Afterwards, view the in-house exhibit dedicated to the Pea Island Life Savers, and visit the on-site memorial and gravesite of Richard Etheridge and his family.
The Aquarium gift shop will also have memorabilia about the life savers available for purchase. The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is located at 374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC. For more information, please call 252-473-3494 or visit us on our website at www.ncaquariums.com/roanoke-island.
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