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Researcher, author to present program at BCC
Jack McDuffie
Bladen 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 treasure.
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 Association Award.
This 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.

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