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Manteo in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
USLSS/USCG Station Pea Island Memorial
1880 - 1947

— [Richard Etheridge, 1842 - 1900] —
 
Station Pea Island Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 2003
1. Station Pea Island Memorial Marker
 
Inscription.
Located south of Oregon Inlet, Lifesaving Station Pea Island was the only unit in the history of the Coast Guard manned by all Black crews. This marker is dedicated to the crews of Pea Island who risked their lives and endured so that others might live.
 
Erected 1999 by The Coast Guard Association, on the Bicentennial of the US Coast Guard.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers with Artwork marker series.
 
Location. 35° 54.519′ N, 75° 40.173′ W. Marker is in Manteo, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker can be reached from Fernando Street. Click for map. Marker is in the courtyard of the North Carolina Aquarium (formerly, the North Carolina Maritime Museum), Roanoke Island. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 Fernando Street, Manteo NC 27954, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spirit of Roanoke Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Channel Obstructions (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Bartow (approx. 0.3 miles away); Andrew Cartwright (approx. 1.3 miles away); Battle of Roanoke Island (approx. 1.4 miles away); Red Wolf Country (approx. 1.6 miles away); Burnside Expedition of 1862 (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manteo.
 
US Lifesaving Station, Pea Island Photo, Click for full size
By U.S. Coast Guard, circa 1896
2. US Lifesaving Station, Pea Island
Black surfmen of the Life Saving Service pose with the station's first Black keeper, North Carolina waterman and Civil War U.S. Army veteran, "Captain" Richard Etheridge.
 

 
Regarding USLSS/USCG Station Pea Island Memorial. The exploits of the Black life savers were legendary, but it was not until 1992 that those on duty in 1896 were finally awarded the Coast Guard Gold Medal (the service's highest decoration) for their particularly dramatic rescue of survivors stranded aboard the wrecked schooner, E.S. Newman on October 11, 1896.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Station Pea Island, North Carolina ~ Coast Guard Station No. 177. The history of Pea Island Station. (Submitted on January 7, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Pea Island Life Saving Station . - includes biography of Richard Etheridge, Civil War veteran (Regimental Commissary Sergeant, 36th U.S. Colored Infantry) and the U. S. Life Saving Service's first Black station keeper - at Pea Island, 1879-1900. (Submitted on October 21, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

3. Richard Etheridge Statue by Stephen H. Smith. ... a life sized bronze statue of Richard Etheridge, the first African-American United States Life-Saving Service Keeper at Pea Island Station. ... It was the latest addition to the Collins Park project, dedicated to the late Dellerva Collins, former Manteo Mayor Pro Tem and a founding member of the Freedmen’s Colony Coalition. The statue joins the refurbished Pea Island Cookhouse as part of the preservation and interpretation of the community’s African-American heritage. The cookhouse serves as a museum to honor African-American men who courageously served under Etheridge. (Submitted on October 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Pea Island, 2003 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 2003
3. Pea Island, 2003
 

4. Fire on tht Beach. Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesaver (Submitted on October 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. U.S. Life Saving Service; U.S. Coast Guard; surfmen; Richard Etheridge; North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island; Fire on the Beach; Station Pea Island Memorial; Reconstruction; Jim Crow.
 
The Richard Etheridge (1842-1900) marker panel Photo, Click for full size
By RadioFan, November 29, 2009
4. The Richard Etheridge (1842-1900) marker panel
at the Etheridge Family burial plot which, like the USLSS/USCG Station Pea Island Memorial is located on the grounds of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,676 times since then. Last updated on October 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on October 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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