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Nearly three centuries after Royal Navy sailors sent from Hampton killed Blackbeard the Pirate - then mounted his head on a pike at the head of the Hampton River - the Blackbeard Pirate Festival has reigned as one of the historic waterfront town's most popular events for 18 years. But not until now has the Hampton History Museum staged a simultaneous exhibit that explores the wider story behind the momentous January 1719 day when the British returned with their grisly trophy - and explains how a town so far from the Caribbean played such a landmark role in stamping out the Golden Age of Piracy.
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Pirates still notorious after 300 years in Hampton History Museum exhibit