By Outer Banks Voice on June 16, 2021
The Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. (PIPSI) is pleased to announce that on June 19, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., Tshombe Selby, a native of Manteo, will help celebrate Juneteenth, the end of slavery in America, with an afternoon concert, The Sounds of Freedom, at the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum at Collins Park, Manteo.
Tshombe, a tenor who made his debut at Carnegie Hall and now performs at the Metropolitan Opera House, will use the front porch of the museum to sing spirituals and other songs to celebrate freedom. This free outdoor event is being held in collaboration with the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series and with sponsor support from Towne Bank, Island Xpertees, and Outer Banks Dreams Realty.
Tshombe is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University where he excelled as a tenor. Currently he is a second-year graduate student at Binghamton University in New York where he is pursuing a master of voice degree. Prior to the 2020-2021 season being canceled, Tshombe was performing at the Metropolitan Opera House with the ensemble for Porgy and Bess. He is scheduled to resume performing at the Met this fall.
The concert is being held to remember the importance of Juneteenth, a day the story of Richard Etheridge, who grew up enslaved on Roanoke Island, so tellingly reminds us of. Etheridge, the nation’s first black Keeper in the US Life-Saving Service and commander of the first historic all-black station, Station Pea Island, is a stark reminder of Juneteenth.
Our organization has made progress in making this part of the black history of Roanoke Island known. Our Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes live program has been presented at numerous locations on the Outer Banks. A celebration at the Cookhouse Museum is the perfect location to remember Juneteenth and to encourage more to learn and support the mission of our organization.
By helping us celebrate Juneteenth, becoming a member, volunteering, or providing financial support, you can help us do more. Although the Juneteenth event is free, we are asking those who can to consider providing a cash or check donation. You can donate and/or become a member through our web page www.peaislandpreservationsociety.com, or you can send a check to Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc., P.O. Box 217, Manteo, NC 27954.
We look forward to you joining us at the Cookhouse Museum on Juneteenth to hear The Sounds of Freedom. In June, July, and August the museum is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, or by appointment for groups.