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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 good33%
  • Average17%
  • 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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"martin luther king"
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"important history"
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"sea islands"
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"welcome center"
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"national historic landmark"
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"history lesson"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 2 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 23 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.

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

today it did not seem to be very tourist friendly, maybe because we did not want to spend seven dollars each to go in the museum (mostly because our time was limited. ) I was given a map, but I found it hard to understand....More

Thank JuneNY
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

As retirees, we have been interested in learning about our countries history and the institutions that make the US such a great nation. We were hoping a visit to the Penn Center would give us a greater understanding of the reconstruction era and how it...More

1  Thank don9290
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

The Penn Center is an African-American cultural and education center, we visited on Saint-Helena Island, while on tour with our senior citizens group. The first building we went into we saw a film, and an exhibit area. There was a man Mr. Milton who was...More

Thank brontz
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Unlike some of the other reviews, I did not find this place a disappointment at all. Maybe it's because I had already researched and knew the history behind the Penn Center and campus, and about the time MLK Jr spent there, along with other civil...More

2  Thank southernfoodgal
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