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Hotel De’Afrique: The first safe haven for African Americans in North Carolina

The capture of the Confederate forts located at Hatteras Inlet on August 29, 1861, provided the first Union victory of the Civil War. Almost immediately fugitive slaves began arriving on Hatteras Island in search of freedom. In a letter to … Continue reading

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“Flags Over Hatteras” About to Fly Again

Hurricane Irene arrived on Hatteras Island right in the middle of our ‘Flags Over Hatteras’ event last August. Fortunately, we were able to complete the first phase of our three-phase event, which was the Blue-Gray Reunion. Descendents from men who … Continue reading

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The Chicamacomico Races

In the late summer of 1861, an incident occurred on Hatteras Island known as the Chicamacomico Races. It happened this way: By the end of August 1861, Union forces were in control of Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of … Continue reading

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Duty on Hatteras Island: No Vacation

The Outer Banks of North Carolina have become a popular resort area attracting thousands of vacationers each summer. It is the remote island atmosphere of ocean, sand, wind and surf that draws them to these barrier islands. The very things … Continue reading

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The Civil War on the OBX: 1861’s Forgotten Story Gets New Attention

While most of the sesquicentennial spotlight this year has focused on Ft. Sumter and First Manassas, the North Carolina coast has also been commemorating events. After all, the fall of the Outer Banks—beginning with the Confederate surrender at Hatteras Inlet … Continue reading

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