Tryon Palace Joins the City of New Bern in Celebrating Juneteenth 

The City of New Bern begins its weeklong celebration of Juneteenth beginning on Friday, June 10th.  Throughout this week, a broad spectrum of festivities, educational programs and cultural activities will be offered for the community and visitors to participate in.  Juneteenth of New Bern, a volunteer group whose mission is to actively preserve and promote African American heritage, is the organizer of these celebratory events that conclude on Saturday, June 18, with a parade and festival.

Tryon Palace is one of the many organizations participating in New Bern’s Juneteenth Celebration.  On Thursday, June 16, “The Journey to Juneteenth” will be presented in the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall (529 S. Front Street) at 7:00 p.m.  The program features Sauuda Eshe, known for her vocals and moving presentations.  Through song, recitations and historical data, Ms. Eshe will present a case for why we should celebrate Juneteenth, but also realize that the enslaved were not liberated, but participated in their own liberation.  “The Journey to Juneteenth” begins with freedom and ends with freedom, with stops along the way that gathered wisdom, hope, strength, and direction for the journey.  Join Tryon Palace for Ms. Eshe’s inspirational program.  The program is offered FREE and is open to the public to enjoy.

In addition to “The Journey to Juneteenth,” Tryon Palace’s 35th Regiment, United States Colored Troops interpretive group and Jonkonnu group will be participating in the Juneteenth Parade on June 18, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

For more information on “The Journey to Juneteenth,” the USCT, or Jonkonnu, please contact Sharon Bryant, African American Outreach Coordinator at Tryon Palace at  For more information on New Bern’s Juneteenth celebrations, visit