Researcher, author to present
program at BCC
Community College’s Humanities Department
will present another in its Writers Series
programs on Monday, September 29, at 11 a.m.
in the BCC Library. The guest presenter is
award-winning author, researcher and
producer of documentary films Kevin Duffus.
Duffus has studied the maritime history
of the North Carolina coast for many years,
especially with regard to the legends of the
pirates that once sailed the waters of the
state’s coastal waters. Among his
books is one based on his research of
Blackbeard in which he proposes that most of
the legends attributed to the legendary
pirate have little if any truth in them.
Among his many contradictions to popular
traditional historical accounts of the
pirate is that he was not born in Great
Britain, but rather in the area of Bath,
Colonial North Carolina’s oldest town.
His research has also been credited with
solving the longstanding mystery regarding
the whereabouts of the Cape Hatteras Fresnel
lens, which has been described as a national
He has written
four books and produced award-winning four
documentary films centered on his research
of the North Carolina coast. He has
also produced documentaries in England, East
Africa, Central America and the Philippines.
He has extensively researched Outer
Banks shipwrecks, including World War II
American and German U-boats that sunk off
the North Carolina coast. He has also
studied the history of southern lighthouses
during the War Between the States.
Among the honors he has received are the
George Foster Peabody Award, the World
Hunger Media Award, the Edward R. Murrow
Award, and the National Educational
program is made possible by a grant from the
North Carolina Humanities Council, a
statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the
National Endowment for the Humanities, and
by Bladen Community College.