A live presentation about the history of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Life-Savers. Etheridge, a slave who grew up on Roanoke Island, was the nation’s first Keeper of a U.S. Life-Saving Service station, and Station Pea Island the only station in the history of the service that had an all black crew. Using vivid imagery, reenactment, and interpretation the presenters teach about the story of Richard Etheridge life and the events that led to his Freedom, the role of Surfmen, and of the station’s most famous rescue — the rescue of the schooner E.S. Newman, during hurricane conditions along the North Carolina Coast. The presentation also teaches about the importance of providing equal opportunity for all.