Remembering the remarkable Richard Etheridge

By on March 10, 2021

Video celebrates Pea Island Life-Saving Station

(Dare County)

Current TV, in partnership with the Town of Manteo, has released this video that highlights the historic Pea Island Life-Saving Station and honors Outer Banks icon Richard Etheridge.

The video, titled, “Freedmen. Surfmen. Heroes. — The Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Life-Saving Station,” tells the unique story of a crew of African-American surfmen who served their country at a time of immense racial divide in the United States.

Located in Rodanthe, the Pea Island Life-Saving Station was constructed in 1878, and in 1880 it became the first in the United States to be manned by an all-African American crew of surfmen. The station was also the first in the nation to have an African-American man — Richard Etheridge, who was born a slave on Roanoke Island on Jan. 16, 1842 — as the station’s keeper and commanding officer.

Under the direction of Etheridge, the station was continually regarded as one of the best on the entire Eastern Seaboard thanks to the crew’s remarkable efforts to save the lives of hundreds of sailors who found themselves in distress due to the perils of the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

In 1996 — a century after the Pea Island Life-Saving Station crew’s heroic Oct. 11, 1896, rescue of the passengers and crew who were aboard the E.S. Newsman — Etheridge and his crew were posthumously awarded a Gold Lifesaving Medal of Honor by the United States Coast Guard for their courage, dedication and service that day.

The story and legacy of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Life-Saving Station can be found on display at the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum in Manteo and at


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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