Bryan Cultural Series presents $5,000 check to support Juneteenth event

Published 6:05 pm Saturday, June 17, 2023

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The Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. (PIPSI) has announced a significant contribution in support of its upcoming Juneteenth event. Dianne Denny, president of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, presented a $5,000 check to Joan Collins, director of outreach and education at PIPSI, and other members of the PIPSI Board.

The event, titled “The Sounds of Freedom,” will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at 5 p.m. at the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum in Manteo. Tshombe Selby, a beloved Manteo native and tenor with the Metropolitan Opera, will return to sing The Sounds of Freedom to celebrate the national holiday, Juneteenth. Since this year the holiday falls on Monday, the concert will be held on Saturday to allow more people the opportunity to attend. Tshombe’s return marks the third consecutive year PIPSI has held this free outdoor event at the Cookhouse Museum located at Collins Park. Based on past feedback received, another great crowd is expected this year.

The $5,000 contribution will help further enhance the event, ensuring that attendees have an unforgettable experience, noted a press release. The funds will be allocated towards various aspects of the celebration, such as performances, logistics and community engagement initiatives.

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“We are honored to support PIPSI and their meaningful Juneteenth event,” stated Denny. “It is crucial to recognize the significance of this historical milestone and to create an inclusive space where the community can come together to celebrate freedom and unity.”

Collins, on behalf of PIPSI, expressed her appreciation for the generous contribution and emphasized the importance of community involvement. “We are immensely grateful to Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series for their unwavering support. Their contribution enables us to continue organizing this event and foster a sense of togetherness while honoring our shared history,” she said.

The Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. invites local businesses, organizations and individuals to join the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series in supporting this community event. Those interested in providing additional support or volunteering their time can contact PIPSI at

“The Sounds of Freedom” will be held at the Cookhouse Museum at 622 Sir Walter Raleigh Street in Manteo. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church at 611 Sir Walter Raleigh Street in Manteo.

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