Tshombe Selby to headline this year’s Juneteenth celebration at Pea Island Cookhouse

By on May 20, 2024

Tshombe Selby returns for the fourth annual Juneteenth free concert.

(Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc.)

The Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. (PIPSI) is pleased to announce the fourth annual Juneteenth free concert to be held on Wednesday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m., at the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum in Manteo. The museum, simply referred to as the “Cookhouse,” is located at 622 Sir Walter Raleigh Street.

The returning headliner for the event is professional opera singer Tshombe Selby, a beloved native of Roanoke Island. Selby grew up singing and playing the piano at Haven Creek Baptist Church, which is located just a couple of blocks from the Cookhouse, and he is delighted to be returning to his beloved hometown. This church, the place where he first publicly performed, is connected to the story of thousands of enslaved people who fled to Roanoke Island during the Civil War seeking a safe haven, a place they hoped to freely live and where the Freedmen’s Colony on Roanoke Island was formed.

This season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, Selby performed as an ensemble, tenor, and featured soloist of the ensemble in more than 11 productions. Most recently, he was a feature soloist with the Binghamton downtown singers in Binghamton, New York. Selby’s Juneteenth performance at the Cookhouse, which will be the fourth consecutive year he has returned. The key sponsor for this event is the Don and Catherine Bryan Cultural Series, an Outer Banks organization striving to inspire, educate and challenge through presentations of the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Selby’s Juneteenth performance is also particularly noteworthy because he is a descendant of the Pea Island Lifesavers, the brave surfmen most known for performing the daring and heroic rescue of the shipwrecked schooner E.S. Newman on October 11, 1896, during a hurricane.

In the middle of the night, Keeper Richard Etheridge and his crew saved all nine on board during the fierce storm. In March 1996, some 100 years later, they were posthumously awarded the prestigious Gold Lifesaving Medal by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The delay is attributed to the crew being an all-Black crew and the challenges and injustices they faced during their lifetimes.

Born January 16, 1842, Etheridge grew up being enslaved on Roanoke Island. During the Civil War, he left home his owner, John B. Etheridge, to help Union troops fight to free enslaved people. On Jan. 24, 1880, when selected to replace the White Keeper who was in charge of the Pea Island station, Etheridge, at 38, became the first Black person in the nation to command a U.S. Life-Saving Service (USLSS) station.

Etheridge would serve as Keeper (the title for the commander of a lifesaving station and crew) at the Pea Island station until his death in May 1900. At 58 years old, he died of natural causes while working at the station. He is considered a key figure for both the Black history and the history of the USLSS on the Outer Banks.

The annual Juneteenth event is a great way to bring people living on or visiting the area together in an outdoor setting, a setting that includes a large open lawn area, several trees, picnic tables and several outdoor exhibits displaying the legacy of Keeper Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers.

The small museum (located in the original building once located at the US Coast Guard station at Pea Island) is where the Keeper and surfmen cooked and ate their meals. The location includes a life-sized bronze statue of Keeper Richard Etheridge prominently displayed in the street round-about at the museum.

A boathouse to honor Lieutenant Herbert M. Collins also sits next to the museum. Collins, born on Roanoke Island in 1921, enlisted in the USCG in 1939 following the footsteps of his great, great uncle and his uncle who served under Etheridge. He worked as a surfman at the Pea Island station from 1940-1947, throughout World War II, and was the last left in charge at the station. In March 1947, when Collins shut and locked the doors to the station for the very last time, he ended a 67-year period, (1880-1947) when the USLSS and later USCG Pea Island lifesaving station was staffed primarily with Black commanders and crews.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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