Yesterday I mentioned the book, Fire on the Beach, an account of Richard Etheridge and the Outer Banks' only all black life saving station. Today I call your attention to the Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony. This little known community, which was established on Roanoke Island during the Union occupation of the Outer Banks early in the Civil War, was home to thousands of former slaves.
Forgotten by most historians for many years, renewed interest in the Freedmen's Colony began nearly 30 years ago. Today a web site, http://www.roanokefreedmenscolony.com/, presents a history of the colony with documents, maps, and much more.
Moreover, on February 26 the 2010 annual celebration of the colony will be held at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, North Carolina. There will be a blues concert, play, and more (please confirm details, dates and times with Roanoke Festival Park). If you are in the area consider making time to learn about this intriguing part of Outer Banks history.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoker, Kelly O'Neal, and the 1951 revolution in Siam (Thailand). You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012910.htm