photo courtesy of NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

During the construction of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in 1980, a mysterious cluster of headstones were stumbled upon.  Instead of being placed vertically like most headstones, these were laid flat.  Until recently no one knew why.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with the North Carolina Aquarium Exhibition Curator Kitty Dough about the strange cemetery plot which dates back to 1895,  and is the final resting place of a former slave, a Civil War veteran and keeper of the nations first all black lifesaving station.

A gravesite mystery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has been solved.   This week on the Down East Journal, the life and legacy of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the nation’s first all-black lifesaving station.   And, a living history program in Kinston commemorates the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

INTRO – Sea turtles which had enjoyed temporary housing at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores have been returned to the Atlantic Ocean. George Olsen has more.