DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS!!!!
PAINTING DONATED BY ARTIST, JAMES MELVIN
“Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes™” Propelled by Community Foundation Grant - The Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. (PIPSI), recently applied to the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) for the very first time and just had it awarded. The $29,500 Community Enrichment Grant takes PIPSI’s new program, “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes™” to a higher level. The Outer Banks Community Foundation said in its announcement of the award, “With this grant, the Pea Island Preservation Society will share the story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Life-Savers, illustrating positive messages of unity, diversity, and equal opportunity on the Outer Banks. The Pea Island Life-Savers was the all-black crew of surfmen best known for their courageous rescue of the E. S. Newman in 1896, when the heroic life-savers swam through a hurricane to retrieve the shipwrecked passengers one at a time (The waves were too fierce for the surfboat.)”. The generosity of the Outer Banks Community Foundation will play a key role in helping us make this important part of the history of the community broadly known to those who live and visit here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina!