Pea Island Preservation Society to host Sounds of Freedom – Juneteenth Celebration on June 19th

By on June 12, 2024

Tshombe Selby and John Buford. (Photo credit:  Biff Jennings)

(Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc.)

We are excited to hold our annual Juneteenth outdoor celebration on the grounds of the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum, a celebration that is quickly becoming an Outer Banks favorite!  Please join us at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 19th at the Cookhouse Museum to hear the Sounds of Freedom as sung by our beloved Roanoke Island native Tshombe Selby.

Selby grew up singing and playing piano at Haven Creek Baptist Church, a local church connected to the story of the enslaved and the fight for freedom during the Civil War.  A graduate of Manteo High School and Elizabeth City State University, for several years now he has been performing as a tenor with the prestigious Metropolitan Opera in New York.    This year represents Selby’s fourth consecutive return as the headliner for our Juneteenth program.

His return is also especially exciting this year because John Buford, will be returning to accompanying him on piano!  Buford, a much-loved Dare County School music teacher, was named the district’s 2023 Teacher of the Year and is known for his commitment to community and inspiring his students to be the best they can be.

The Cookhouse Museum is located at 622 Sir Walter Raleigh Street in the opposite direction of downtown Manteo!  Parking will be available at Haven Creek Baptist Church, which is located on Sir Walter Raleigh Street just a couple blocks away, and at the Head Start building located directly across the street from the museum.  The museum has plenty of outdoor space, with trees scattered throughout.    Outdoor seating will be provided on a first come first serve basis.  Those attending are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.   On the morning of Juneteenth, from 9am-12pm, we will also again offer our popular Juneteenth colorful

Tee-shirts for sale at the Cookhouse Museum for those who would like wear the tee shirt to the celebration.  We will also be offering these tees for sale at the 5:30 pm Juneteenth event.    Our hope is to fill the Cookhouse Museum grounds with as many of these colorful tees as possible  each year as a stark reminder of the importance of freedom for all.  If bad weather prevails the celebration will be held inside the Haven Creek Baptist Church.

Freedom Trail exhibit and silhouette. (Photo credit: National Park Service)

Representatives from the National Park Service will be present to share information about the new Freedom Trail at the Fort Raleigh Natural Historic site on Roanoke Island.  The new trail which opened to the public on June 1st, brings to life stories of those who lived at the Freedmen’s Colony on Roanoke Island, a place where thousands who were once enslaved came seeking safety and freedom during the Civil War.  The trail includes educational signs and life-sized steel silhouettes throughout the 2.5 mile trail highlighting the hardships and triumphs experienced by the enslaved.

Representatives from the Outer Banks History Center, located at Festival Park on Roanoke Island, will also be there to share information about the center, and the importance of preserving documents, photographs, and other information about the Black history of the area.  The celebration this year will also mark the return of the beloved Roanoke Island hometown group,  The Echoes of Heritage, another local favorite known for singing spiritual songs.  We are also delighted that this year, Linwood Bennet, the great, great grandson of Reverend Zion Hall Berry, the founder of the historic Haven Creek Baptist Church, and a dynamic preacher in his own right, will do the invocation prayer.

Our Juneteenth celebration provides the opportunity for all, especially those who live on or who are visiting the Outer Banks, to learn of the local connections to the story of the enslaved and the free, reflect on the past, and to look to the future.   So plan attend and invite your friends, family, and neighbors to accompany you!


 Video by Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc.

The Cookhouse Museum honors the history of Keeper Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers. Etheridge, who grew up enslaved on Roanoke Island, was the nation’s first black commander in the US Life-Saving Service (USLSS), and the crew he commanded the only in USLSS history that was an all-black crew.

Also, a very special thanks to our lead sponsor the Don and Catherine Bryan Cultural Series, and to Towne Bank, the Town of Manteo, Surfin Spoon (for their delicious ice-cream treats) and to all who help to make this event a welcomed celebration each year!


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 for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at 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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