|Kevin P. Duffus|
Researcher Kevin Duffus will return to the Asheboro Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, to explore how these incidents created one of the most intriguing histories and cultures in America. His talk is free and the public is invited.
Duffus, author of the 2007 book Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: An Illustrated Guide, will present a wide-ranging discussion of shipwrecks and their legacies, including lifesaving, rumors of wreckers, and hundreds of forgotten shipwreck victims buried among the dunes.
He will explain the various causes of wrecks, why there is a “Graveyard of the Atlantic” in the first place, what it was like for passengers and crews when ships crashed into the breakers along the banks, and the true stories of some of the most incredible rescues.
Duffus will share the memories of the last living lighthouse keeper on the Outer Banks, the descendants of lifesavers, and residents who played on the decks of a wrecked vessel as children — and one historian who danced there.
He also will point audience members to the best places to see remains of the derelict ships.
Duffus is an award-winning author, researcher, historian and filmmaker who has made significant discoveries about North Carolina history. His books include The Lost Light: A Civil War Mystery, about his recovery of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse’s missing lens; War Zone: World War II off the North Carolina Coast; and The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate, in which he dispels myths about the notorious buccaneer and uncovers the nature of Black Beard’s treasure.
His appearance is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of the Library.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.