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for The State Vol. 33 Issue 7, Sept 1965
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Harry Davis is the director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural History. Davis is a Cape Hatteras native and a UNC graduate. Hired to work for Director H. H. Brimley at the then State Museum, Davis's love for all things interesting led him to include more than just geological information in the exhibits. Davis has helped expand the museum staff from two to nine workers and to create new displays for the 200,000 yearly visitors.
In 1934, the state constructed a new mine at Kure Beach. A Bromine mine, it was located on the ocean and the minerals were extracted from the waters for eleven years. The mine was purchased by private business that combined the bromine production technique with a Texas magnesium facility. In 1946, operations at the mine ceased and the company destroyed the facilities in the 1950s.
Completed in 1934 and opened on 1 January 1935, the bromine plant, located in Kure Beach, was the first and only of its kind. Bromine, a natural, non-metallic element known to reduce engine \"knock\" when added to gasoline, was harvested from local waters for eleven years before the plant closed, shifting operations to Texas.
Harry Davis, a native of Cape Hatteras, as well as a scholar, scientist, and Director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural History, has spent his life contributing to education and museum development within the state.