Sign linked to Blackbeard gone from North Carolina island

The Howard Street sign has been nailed to a tree on Ocracoke for roughly 100 years. (Photo: Ocracoke Preservation Society)

OCRACOKE, NC (AP/WWAY) — A century-old sign linked to the pirate Blackbeard is missing from a North Carolina island, and a reward has been posted for its return.

News outlets report the battered sign read “Howard Street,” and it’s believed the sign was posted on Ocracoke Island a century ago by Stacy Howard, who is said to be a descendant of Blackbeard’s quartermaster.

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The Ocracoke Preservation Society is asking people to be on the lookout. Martha Garrish, a member of the Howard family, first alerted the community to the missing sign on August 5 and she has begged for its return to their property.

Garrish is offering a $500 reward for the sign’s return with no questions asked. She said island residents are offering to create a new sign to replace the missing one.