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Posted on: May 7, 2014

[ARCHIVED] What’s Wrong with Black Beard?: The historical look

Award-winning author and historian Kevin P. Duffus presents his latest research on the infamous pirate Black Beard with a multi-media presentation, “What’s Wrong with Black Beard,” at the Hampton History Museum on Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will lead into the 15th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival weekend (May 30-June 1).

The traditional historical interpretation of the notorious Black Beard, and the pop culture-Hollywood incarnations it has begotten, is among the more enduring historical hoaxes of colonial American history, according to author Kevin Duffus.

“Much of what the public knows about the infamous pirate simply isn’t true, nor is there documentary evidence to support it,” said Duffus.

To find the elusive truth of history, this noted North Carolina research historian has delved deeper into the primary sources than anyone else to discover a new, more accurate, account that reveals the identity, origins, and motivations of Black Beard and his inner circle of cohorts.
Another mystery explored during the “What’s Wrong with Black Beard” presentation is when notorious pirate Black Beard departed Beaufort Inlet after purposely wrecking and abandoning the former slave ship he renamed Queen Anne's Revenge, his crew numbered 40 white men and 60 black men. Some pirate historians today tout the apparent racial diversity of Black Beard’s crew, marveling that six out of 10 of Black Beard’s pirates were black, but six months later, when Black Beard was killed at Ocracoke, he had aboard his sloop only six black men; the other 54 black men had been left behind at Bath. Where did they go?

Join award-winning research historian, author, and filmmaker Kevin Duffus in an all-new multi-media presentation that lays bare the popular myths of Black Beard's widely-believed surname of Teach, his ferocity, his purported birthdate, his many houses, his many "wives," and his long-lost treasure. "What's Wrong With Black Beard" is as humorous as it is thought-provoking, as surprising as it is provocative, exposing one of the greatest myths of the Golden Age of Piracy.

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