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Filmmaker chronicles Pea Island story

Posted May 1, 2010

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present a special screening of a new documentary called "Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers."

The screening, at 7 p.m. Friday, chronicles the experiences and accomplishments of the all African American crew who manned the Pea Island Life Saving Station on North Carolina's Outer Banks. When the three-masted schooner E.S. Newman ran aground off the state's coast in October 1896, the Pea Island crew saved every man on board. The station was led by Capt. Richard Etheridge, who was a former slave and Civil War veteran.

The hour-long movie is probably best for older grade schoolers and up. Some of them might just remember the story of the Pea Island Life Savers from their fourth grade social studies class.

Allan Smith, the filmmaker and president of DreamQuest Productions, will be on hand after the movie for a Q&A.

Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door and free to ages 12 and under. To reserve an advance ticket, call 919-807-7992.

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