2 marks the opening day of a special exhibit at the Graveyard of the
Atlantic Museum that ties in nicely with the upcoming 300th anniversary
of Blackbeard’s demise in the fall of 2018.
"Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge: 1718" is a
traveling exhibit that was created by the N.C. Department of Natural
and Cultural Resources, and which has been making the rounds across the
From July 2 until July 29, the exhibit will be
making an appropriate stop at the museum in Hatteras village, where
visitors can view a wealth of personal items recovered from the
notorious pirate’s flagship.
The traveling exhibition features
weaponry, nautical tools, and personal items that belonged to those
pirates under Blackbeard's command. Touch screens will tell the
pirate's story and provide information on the recovery of these
artifacts, while hands-on activities and replica items will explore
18th century pirate life, and a gallows and gibbet will show how these
sailors paid for their piratical crimes.
Artifacts that will be on display within the exhibit include pieces from the wreckage of Blackbeard’s infamous flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which was a somewhat common sight off of Ocracoke Island for a relatively short period of time.
“The Blackbeard Travelling Exhibit is a special
exhibit that was [showcased] at the State Fair earlier this year, and
which has been going all over North Carolina,” said Joseph K. Schwarzer
II, Director of the North Carolina Maritime Museums, in an earlier
interview. “It tells the story of Blackbeard and the role he played in
North Carolina history – although very brief – but it also raises a lot
of questions: Who was Blackbeard, and what was his role in North
In addition to the temporary Blackbeard exhibit,
the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum has also recently received a few
artifacts that were loaned to other museums, and which include items
related to the sinking of the Diamond Shoals lightship and the British
tanker Mirlo during WWI.
These artifacts will be part of a special exhibit that is slated for
August 6, and which coincides with the Mirlo Rescue anniversary.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is open
Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free,
but donations are appreciated.