Historically Black NC Teachers' Retreat In Dispute

A 280-acre coastal tract long used as a retreat for North Carolina's black teachers and their families sits in limbo while a legal fight ensues between grandchildren of the property's original caretakers and the state of North Carolina.

Heirs of John and Gertrude Hurst are appealing a judge's decision to turn The Hammocks over to the state Board of Education after a jury decided the teachers' nonprofit management board is unable to carry out its mission.

Andrew Kahrl, author of an upcoming book on historically black beaches, says disputes involving black-owned waterfront property are increasing across the country.

Kahrl said black Americans owned 15 million acres of property in 1910, but that figure has since dropped below 3 million, in part because beach property has become more valuable and appealing to whites.


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  • by pete Location: grifton on Apr 26, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    While they are at it throw in a mule.
  • by Gregorie Location: Eastern, NC on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    The Island know as Hammocks Beach was donated to the Park Service when the state decided not to build a bridge to the island. It is still used by mostly minorities today. My Grandparents owned land on Bath Creek. I would love to somehow get that land back today.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    Opps! http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=7493
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    This story link should tell you the reality of spin for this story. Sound by reading...Purdue wants the property for the state. The teachers didn't want it for the cost to operate. The original family claims it back as is in the deed. Purdue wants the Black teachers group, that no longer exists, to take it back for the state....typical spinocrat.... http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=7493
  • by Whoknows Location: Coastal NC on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Sorry, I meant to ask was Hammocks Beach and Bear Island the same place.
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      by A Person on Apr 26, 2011 at 01:29 PM in reply to Whoknows
      Bear Island is a part of Hammocks Beach State Park. This article is referring to the property that is adjacent to the existing state park property in mainland Swansboro
  • by Whoknows Location: Coastal NC on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    Is Hammocks Beach and Hammocks Island the same place? Is this the beach location near Swansboro?
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Apr 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    My earlier statement was directly from the NC Parks website. The land was donated to the State of NC in 1961--so, it's not privately owned. It is owned by the State of NC. http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/habe/history.php
  • by laura on Apr 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    ugh.
  • by Kay Location: Emerald Isle on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    Hello! We are an integrated society! If Realty is correct....that Hammocks Beach is a state owned park then it should belong to all the people regardless of race. Can't NC understand that we are in the 21st Century? What Dr. King fought so hard for all of us was equality....we have that legally now!
  • by surf fisher jim Location: greenville on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    if the state wants to grab some land, how about grabbing hatteras point!!! presently the point (a favorite surf fishing place) is off limits to all but the birds). we should seceed from the USA like Texas has threatned to do
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