On March 19 at noon, Kevin P. Duffus will deliver a Banner Lecture entitled "What's Wrong with Black Beard?"
The traditional historical interpretation of the notorious Black Beard, and the pop culture-Hollywood incarnations it has begotten, may be among the more enduring historical frauds of colonial American history. Much of what the public knows about the infamous pirate simply isn’t true, nor is there documentary evidence to support it. To find the elusive truth of history, noted North Carolina research historian and author Kevin Duffus has delved deeper into the primary sources than anyone to discover a new, more accurate account that reveals the identity, origins, and motivations of Black Beard and his inner circle of cohorts. Join the award-winning research historian, author, and filmmaker in an all-new multimedia presentation that lays bare the popular myths of Black Beard’s widely believed surname of Teach, his ferocity, his purported birth date, his many houses, his many “wives,” and his long-lost treasure.
Kevin P. Duffus, a researcher and filmmaker, is the author of several books, including Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: An Illustrated Guide, The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate, and War Zone: World War II off the North Carolina Coast.
Limited parking at the VHS due to construction
Please arrive in time to find parking in the VMFA deck, in the lot behind St. Mark’s Church on Colonial Avenue, or on the street.
While we continue making improvements to our building, Banner Lectures will be held in the Halsey Family Lecture Hall for the next few months. You will love the new chairs—another sign of progress.
Free admission for Richmond Times-Dispatch readers with a Press Pass coupon.