Muzel Bryant was born on Ocracoke on March 12, 1904. She traces her lineage on the island back to the Civil War. At the war's close in 1865, all former slaves left the island. Her grandparents were the only two African Americans to move from the mainland to Ocracoke. Bryant has lived off the island only once when she worked during her teenage years in Philadelphia. Today, at the age of 100, she is an important link to Outer Banks history.