Juneteenth at the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum with Tshombe Selby
By Submitted Story on May 17, 2021
Presented by Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. and Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series
Saturday June 19, 2021 5:00 pm
Pea Island Cookhouse Museum at Collins Park,
622 Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo NC
The Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. (PIPSI) is pleased to announce that on June 19, 1921, at 5 pm, Tshombe Selby, a beloved native of Manteo, will help celebrate Juneteenth, the end of slavery in America, with a free outdoor concert, The Sounds of Freedom, at the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum at Collins Park. A tenor, who made his debut at Carnegie Hall and who now performs at the Metropolitan Opera House, Tshombe will use the front porch of the museum to sing spirituals and other songs to celebrate freedom The event is being held in collaboration with the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series and with sponsor support. Please save the date and plan to come.
The concert is being held to remind people of the significance of Juneteenth, a day the story of Richard Etheridge who grew up enslaved on Roanoke Island so tellingly reminds us of. Richard Etheridge, the nation’s first black Keeper in the US Life-Saving Service and the historic all-black lifesaving station he commanded, Station Pea Island, is a stark reminder of Juneteenth. The concert is also to encourage volunteers, membership, and financial support for our the Pea Island Preservation Society.
PIPSI has made progress in making this part of the black history of Roanoke Island known. The Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes live program has been presented at numerous locations on the Outer Banks. It is now regularly presented at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island during the summer and for special events. For the past three years PIPSI has presented our program to fourth graders at all Dare County elementary schools. In February 2021 PIPSI held our first virtual essay contest for fourth grade students and is now developing a virtual learning program to pilot in a third grade classroom next school year. Up until the current pandemic, the visitors and groups at the Cookhouse Museum had also been increasing. PIPSI expects more to visit as the situation improves. Our Facebook and web pages show our many successful outcomes. They are pleased to begin to make an impact. Yet much more must be done to preserve this history and make it widely known.
Unfortunately most who live in or visit the Outer Banks remain unaware of the story of Keeper Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers and its connection to slavery and freedom or have never visited the Cookhouse Museum. This story has been overshadowed by other historical events and places the Outer Banks is most known for. Our goal is to change this. A celebration at the Cookhouse Museum is the perfect location to remember Juneteenth while encouraging more to learn about and support the mission of our organization.
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