12,000 Visit Blackbeard Exhibit In 7 days

BEAUFORT, N.C. (AP) -- Blackbeard is proving more popular in death than in life.

More than 12,000 people visited the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort in the first seven days of a new exhibit of artifacts from Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. About 300 items from the shipwreck in about 20 feet of water off North Carolina's coast are included in the exhibit, which begins with an introduction to the QAR project and to Blackbeard the pirate. Most of the artifacts have never been displayed for the public.

Museum officials say visitors have come from 26 states, as well as Great Britain, Canada and the Netherlands.

The exhibit opened June 11 and will be on permanent display, although it will change as different items are conserved and available for viewing.

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