- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) - An exhibit about the Coast Guard in North Carolina is scheduled to open at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo.

The exhibit titled “A Heritage of Heroes: The Coast Guard in North Carolina” is opening Friday with a free reception.

Visitors will learn about the legacy of the U.S. Life-Saving Service in North Carolina, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the U.S. Coast Guard. They’ll also learn about the modern-day Coast Guard, with a large station in Elizabeth City.

North Carolina’s miles of unprotected coast line meant that the surf men of the Life-Saving Service were the region’s first responders in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The North Carolina coast once was home to 24 life-saving stations.

The exhibit continues through Dec. 31.

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