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A Tale of Two Ships

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A Tale of Two Ships

Developing a Research & Interpretation Plan for Revealing Hidden Histories of One Ship with Two Identities

You may be familiar with the Queen Anne's Revenge...but have you heard of LaConcorde

During the 18th century, a French slave ship named La Concorde was captured by a group of pirates during a voyage to Martinique, and renamed the Queen Anne's Revenge. This ship would go on to serve as the flagship of infamous pirate Blackbeard's fleet before running aground and being abandoned off the coast of present-day Beaufort, NC in 1718. However, the history of LaConcorde--and the story of the enslaved people aboard the ship during its capture--is hidden. "A Tale of Two Ships" serves to begin the process of revealing that hidden history. 

The project aims to develop a plan for continuing collections research and interpretation using archives and artifacts, to reveal and retell these stories for the benefit of public audiences for years to come. Funding will allow for the creation of this plan through a variety of methodologies, including archival and artifact research; focus groups; and public programs. 

This project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and executed in partnership with the Queen Anne's Revege Conservation Lab (Greenville, NC).





Summer 2019 Internship

"A Tale of Two Ships" History Research Intern

The NC African American Heritage Commission is seeking one paid intern for the Summer of 2019. This intern will help shape two key components of the IMLS-funded "A Tale of Two Ships" project: an academic research paper and digital web content.

This intern will also have the opportunity to work with staff from various sectors of the cultural heritage field, including academic historians, public historians and archaeologists. Work will occur between the NC African American Heritage Commission offices in Raleigh, NC and the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville, NC. 


  • Must have a cover letter and transcript attached with resume
  • Must have a 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Must be a current student attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or a Minority Institution of Higher Education (MIHE) in the state of North Carolina
  • Must have ability work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer; intern will be paid $15.00 per hour
  • Must be able to participate in internship professional development experiences

Details and application. 

Questions? Contact us.

This opportunity is made available by the NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources HBCU/MIHE Internship Program. 

Associated Events

Open House at the Queen Anne's Revenge Lab

Blackbeard: The Science of Pirates

"Made in NC"

April 6, 2019 

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


During this event, visit the NC African American Heritage Commission table to learn more about LaConcorde