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June 14 | 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall-Council Chambers

Join us for a performance of Darrel Stover’s “Run on Water,” a family story of emancipation and reunion. It examines the black experience in coastal North Carolina during the Civil War, as a father searches for his wife and son.


June 15 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown Park

Reflect and rejoice with us at Cary’s first Juneteenth event, celebrating the commemoration of the end of slavery. We’ve planned special activities for the whole family designed to engage, educate, and connect.

Food Vendors
Corner Boys BBQ
Gym Taco
Kona Ice

Art Vendors
Black Ball
Bond Designs
Ebony Child Facepainter
Heavenly Scent Candle Co
La Luz Eats

Ngozi Design Group

African American Heritage Commission-Freedom Roads
Friends of the Page-Walker Art and History Museum
JH Sampson CDC 
NC Association of Black Storytellers
NC Museum of History
US Colored Troops


10 a.m.             African American Dance Ensemble 
                          Procession to the stage followed by performance

10:25 a.m.        Shavon Russell Jones - vocalist 


10:40 a.m.        Welcome, acknowledgements and proclamation
                          Town Representatives, Juneteenth Committee Members 

10:50 a.m.        Angela Thorpe
                          Director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission

11 a.m.             Pleasant Grove Church Sanctuary Choir

11:20 a.m.        Willa Brigham and North Carolina Black Storytellers
                          Spoken Word/Storytelling

11:45 a.m.        Caique Vidal/Oxente 
                          Community Band performance

12:10 p.m.        Brent Miller, Friends of the Page-Walker
                          Conversation: From Slavery to Freedom-Cary’s Regional History

12:20 p.m.        US Colored Troop: Legacy and History
                           Earl Ijames, Curator, NC Museum of History
                           Malcolm Beech, US Colored Troop Reenactors

12:45 p.m.        Poems of Honor and Celebration 
Press Play Poetz

1 p.m.                Closing performance  
                           Freddy Greene, Saxophone
                           Freddy at the museum (003)

Contact Information

For more information, contact Adam Bell at (919) 469-0461 - option 4 or by email.


The African American Dance Ensemble is a traditional African dance company started by the late Baba Chuck Davis. With over 35 years of experience and community work they have performed internationally and continue to perform at schools and festivals around the country. With the motto of Peace Love Respect for Everybody, they are committed to delivering dance for peace!

Angela Thorpe is currently the director of the African American Heritage Commission. A native North Carolinian, she holds a B.A. in History with a minor in African American studies from the University of Florida and an M.A. in history with a concentration in museum studies from UNC-Greensboro. She served as the first African American historic interpreter at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville, NC and joined the NC African American Heritage Commission as associate director in 2017. She began serving as acting director in the fall of 2018 and in 2019 was appointed director of the commission. Angela has written on museum professionals, public history and race for the National Council of Public History and was awarded a Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship by the American Alliance of Museums in 2016.

Beverly Fields Burnette is currently a storyteller and president of the N.C. Association of Black Storytellers. She is a graduate of Livingstone College, a retired Wake Co. Public Schools social worker, and poet. In February, 2018, Burnette received The Old North State Award, presented by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. In November 2018, she received the Zora Neale Hurston Award, which was awarded by the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.

Madafo Lloyd Wilson has worked as a storyteller and musician for nearly 30 years, sharing the vibrant traditions of African and African-American folklore. He has delighted audiences throughout the U.S., East and West Africa, and Europe, combining traditional and contemporary tales with original music to create a mixture of styles and periods.

Brent Miller serves on the board of directors of the Friends of the Page-Walker, a nonprofit organization whose mission includes historic preservation and history education. He is currently the Chair of Cary's Historic Preservation Commission and is a member of the Cary150 Sesquicentennial task force. He also volunteers at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre and with the Cary Citizens Assisting Police (CAP) team. He previously served on Cary's Planning and Zoning Board and on the board of directors of Cary Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He and his wife Laurie are 25-year Cary residents and have two adult sons.

Caique Vidal/Oxente  

Born in Durham, Oxente, (oh-SHEN-chi) or “oxe” for short, is a community-driven band that provides lessons and performances in an aim to educate and represent the people and the culture of samba reggae bands in the streets of Bahia. “Oxente” is an exclamatory expression used in the northeast of Brazil to express surprise, pride, or amusement.

As the founder of the Press Play Poetz collective, DS Will has always been aware that writing can be a form of expression, a way to educate, or a means to heal. Through the Press Play Poetz platform, DS has allotted opportunities to countless aspiring artist while providing an artistic outlet for community members abroad. He hopes to continue in this endeavor, as he believes art can be the means of freedom and growth.

Earl Ijames is currently a curator at the NC Museum of History. Previously, he worked for the NC Office of Archives and History. He has served on several committees and commissions including the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission, Wendell (NC) Chamber of Commerce, and the NC Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He holds a degree in history from NC State University.

Freddy Greene is a Franklinton, NC-born jazz/funk musician. Throughout his musical career, Freddy has played for diverse audiences including those honoring politicians and international figures, among them the beloved Desmond Tutu. Freddy continued to compose and perform while mentoring at-risk students at the Sally B. Howard School for the Arts and Education in Wilson, NC. His albums include Heavy on My Mind, Street Genie, You Say, I Do, and most recently, Solo Dancer.

Dr. Malcolm E. Beech, Sr., DBA, attended undergraduate school at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He received an MBA from Howard University. He completed his doctoral studies with a DBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. He is the founding director of the African American Museum & Cultural Center in Kinston, NC, which is dedicated to the 200,000 African American soldiers who fought with the Union in the American Civil War. Dr. Beech is currently the President of the United States Colored Troops Living History Association, the national organization of re-enactors, historians, storytellers, scholars, and students dedicated to preserving the history of African-American participation in the Civil War. Dr. Beech is the proud father of four grown children and eight grandchildren. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Shavon Russell Jones is a music educator and owner of Unity Music Academy and band leader/founder of Black Journeyz Edutainment Band. She received  a bachelor of arts degree in music at North Carolina Central University on May 12, 2012.  She is a former vocal music teacher at Warren County High and Warren County Middle School and founder of Warren County. Currently, she teaches for DC public schools while running her music school, Unity Music Academy, from afar with her four instructors in the Triangle.

Willa Brigham is a two-time Emmy winning host of the television show Smart Start Kids. She is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, a graduate of Alabama State University and Indiana University. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in health and physical education. She has six album credits to her name and is the author of Golden Years, a collection of stories and poems dedicated to senior citizens, and The Pizza Tree.