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

Top Row, L to R: PIPSI Treasurer, Tonya L. Collins; PIPSI Director, Doug E. Stover; PIPSI Secretary, Coquetta C. Brooks. Bottom Row, L to R: PIPSI President, Darrell M. Colliins; PIPSI Director, Joan L. Collins; BCS President Dianne Denny.

The Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. (PIPSI) is delighted to announce a significant contribution in support of their upcoming Juneteenth event. Dianne Denny, President of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, presented a generous $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 5:00 pm, 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.


Joan Collins, a dedicated member of PIPSI, expressed gratitude for the support received from Dianne Denny and the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series. Their ongoing commitment has played a pivotal role in making the Juneteenth event a resounding success year after year.


The $5000 contribution will help further enhance the event, ensuring that attendees have an unforgettable experience. The funds will be allocated towards various aspects of the celebration, such as performances, logistics, and community engagement initiatives.


Dianne Denny, President of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, stated, “We are honored to support PIPSI and their meaningful Juneteenth event. 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.”


Joan 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 are encouraged to contact PIPSI at


“The Sounds of Freedom” promises to be an unforgettable experience filled with music, art, and the spirit of Juneteenth. As the concert date approaches, further details will be announced. For now, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17, 2023, at 5:00 pm and join us at the Cookhouse Museum for an evening that celebrates freedom and honors our collective heritage.


In the event of inclement weather the event will be held at the Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church at 611 Sir Walter Raleigh St, Manteo,


The Pea Island Cookhouse Museum is located at 622 Sir Walter Raleigh Street in Manteo. For more information about PIPSI and the upcoming Juneteenth event, please visit the society’s Facebook page or website at