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Penn Center

16 Penn Center Cir W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-5302
+1 843-838-2432
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A significant African-American institution in the United States, its mission is to preserve the Sea Islands' history, culture and environment.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“gullah culture” (20 reviews)
“civil war” (16 reviews)
“freed slaves” (15 reviews)
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16 Penn Center Cir W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-5302
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of history here and still doing great (the Lord's) work here, and can also see some MLK history on the property as well.

Thank BarryandJackie
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place to stop a look around. There is a museum and art gallery. They have a 20 min video that is very good and explains about the school and what they are trying to achieve. We got to meet a gentleman that...More

Thank Lisa J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a gem of American History this is, tucked into St. Helena's Island! The storied history of the Penn School and the Gullah people was so moving. The displayed art of Johnathon Green was delightful, the collection of artifacts so interesting. And the fact that...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Penn Center is an important place in the history of the Reconstruction and Civil Rights eras. It is still working to preserve the remaining Gullah culture. Fascinating period of American history that is often overlooked. This is not a slick museum -the exhibits were...More

Thank s l
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Unfortunately we arrived just before closing time so our visit was limited. This is a must see if your are in the area. The curator was actually a student at the school. A lot of pivitol history during the slave period all the way through...More

Thank IslandAdventure4
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Penn Center was founded by Laura Townes from Philadelphia during the second year of the Civil War. It was founded as a school to teach formerly enslaved people. It remained a school for the African American population in Beaufort County until the second half of...More

Thank Fletch1946
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Cost is $7 a person for the museum. You pay in the welcome center the go to the museum. The docent working had been a former student. There are random items and books to purchase in the welcome center. There is a 20 minute video...More

Thank Kristi G
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

I believe what took place at Penn Center is a very important part of our history. I thought the whole thing could have been presented with a bit more clarity.I was also disappointed that the other buildings were not available for perusal. The Gullah-geechee culture...More

Thank Mainelytravel
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

The museum explains and documents the history and evolution of this school for freed slaves from reconstruction to present time. We were guided to watch a 20 minute video by one of the last students of the school. The video is a must see to...More

1  Thank Linda M
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Visited here before Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma which closed the Hunting Island Campground where we usually stay each February. However, visited this establishment in 2016. The staff was friendly and the museum most interesting and well-done.

Thank pattiz64
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