Aquarium celebration to honor Pea Island lifesaving heroes

By on October 31, 2016

This painting by James Melvin depicts Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Crew.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will host a community celebration to honor Richard Etheridge and his crew members, who comprised the first all-black station in the Lifesaving Service, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

The burial site of Etheridge (1842 – 1900) and his family was rediscovered 40 years ago during the construction of the Aquarium on Roanoke Island. After being restored to public view, the site became a touchstone in the history of the Outer Banks.

Etheridge and his crew manned the lifesaving station on Pea Island. The high point of the crew’s service was the night-time rescue of the crew of the E.S. Newman during an 1896 hurricane. A hundred years later, the U.S. Coast Guard recognized that act with a posthumous Gold Lifesaving Medal.

After more than a year of researching and updating the interpretation at the gravesite, making it easier for visitors to access and appreciate it, the Aquarium will unveil the redesigned site and mark the 120th anniversary of the Newman rescue with a rededication ceremony.

Speakers will include Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon USCG (Ret.), who spearheaded the posthumous award of the Gold Lifesaving Medal to Richard Etheridge and his crew for the E.S. Newman rescue; Virginia Tillett, former member of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education; and Darrell Collins, U.S. National Park Service historian at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard will present the colors.

The ceremony will be held outside the front entrance of the Aquarium. Following the ceremony, members of the Pea Island Preservation Society will be available in the Aquarium’s Neptune’s Theater. Aquarium guests are encouraged to stop by until 3 p.m. and find out more about this important part of coastal North Carolina History.

In conjunction with the event, the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum on Sir Walter Raleigh Street in Manteo will open its doors to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov 4.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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