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A skull and cross bones flag blows in the wind during the Piratefest held in Uptown Greenville on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector

A skull and cross bones flag blows in the wind during the Piratefest held in Uptown Greenville on Friday, April 11, 2014.

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PirateFest has always been meant to pay tribute to the true pirates who once called the coast of North Carolina home. In previous years, that tribute has mostly been in the form of examples of the way things would have been — black powder demonstrations, pirate re-enactors wearing costumes designed to look weathered and worn.

This year, an exhibit of artifacts from one of the most infamous pirates in history and his flagship will show visitors some of the objects real pirates actually used in the early 18th century, when Edward Teach — the pirate better known as Blackbeard — terrorized ships and colonies around the North Carolina coast and made a home in the nearby town of Bath.

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