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Penn Center

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Address: 16 Penn Center Circle W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920
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+1 843-838-2432
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09:00 - 16:00
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A significant African-American institution in the United States, its...

A significant African-American institution in the United States, its mission is to preserve the Sea Islands' history, culture and environment.

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US$60.00*
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Historic Sea Island Plantation and Lowcountry Life Tour
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Civil War Reconstruction Tour of Beaufort by Van

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A missing piece in the history of Black emancipation

My husband and I were visiting Charleston and love taking side trips when travelling. I had heard mention of the Gullah culture and as we were so close to the area decided to take... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A friend who is a native of Beaufort accompanied us to the Penn Center and shared the history of this important community. The lovely lady on duty in the gift shop helped us understand more of its historical significance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit. We first got to see a video telling us about the first school for free slaves. Many nice and educational relics and other buildings on site. This is definitely a place to visit when in this area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a rich history of heritage and a lot of family and ancestral ties. You should come and take in all the love and support and fun at the gullah lifestyle and art. And the food is delicious. Come see mama pearl and her sweet bread.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The Penn Center offers a glimpse into African American life and education after slavery. It was opened as the first school in the area for free African Americans. There is an excellent exhibit on the school and the people who lived there. You can also see the cottage where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote part of his famous "I... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Made the drive out there. It's pretty far out. Only to find it locked up. No one around. Closed for the Holidays. Geez, wish they could have put that on the website to save me the time and gas. I looked around some outside. Place seemed run-down. Like an abandoned Old West movie set.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The Penn Center offers a wonderful examination of a largely forgotten era in our country's history. Although I consider myself readonably well educated about the Civil Rights Era of the 1950s and 1960s, I had never heard of the Penn Center and its long history of contributing to the struggle for equal justice and civil rights in the South. I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

My husband and I were visiting Charleston and love taking side trips when travelling. I had heard mention of the Gullah culture and as we were so close to the area decided to take a trip to the coastal area known as the Gullah Geechee Corridor. At Fort Sumter I saw mention of the Gullah Geechee Corridor and The Penn... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We visited Penn Center after hearing a talk on the history of Hilton Head Island. I did not know the history of this school, first school for emancipated slaves in South Carolina. There is a small, but very informative museum as well as a visitor center. Pay $2 and get a map of the various buildings, then. $5 per person... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We were interested after a Gullah tour guide described it. The Civil War changed the Sea Islands for former slaves in a unique and remarkable way. The Penn Center Museum and museum store relates that history in an awesome way. I am grateful for this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This was a very informative tour. We arrived and toured all of the historic locations not a air conditioned van roughly three hours. Our guide was so informative with the quakerservice who built a lot of the buildings for churches and schools for slaves and to be used during the Civil rights movement. We visited the building where Martin Luther... More 

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