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Penn Center

Saint Helena Island, SC
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
Description: 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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Huntsville
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you are in this area of the world you have to, I can not stress enough, have to go here. It is indescribable. It doesn't look like much when you drive in but once you start walking around the grounds it is breathtaking! Seeing the cabin where The "I had a dream" speech was written was serene.

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Philadelphia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
47 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

How very interesting. One of the alumni was there in the museum greeting and answering questions. Great displays. A part of history that I knew little about. Well worth going

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Irmo, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

It is a unique part of Southern history, and if you are from the south you should visit. It's longevity and continued relevance to this area is impressive.

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

This center provides a very informative video on the history on the Penn School/Center. After the video take the self guided tour which takes you through slavery and freedom in this coastal region. There are multiple buildings on the grounds which you can view from the outside only. Sometimes an alumnus of the school is available to answer questions.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I were very interested in learning more about the Gullah culture and history so we were excited to visit Penn Center. When we arrived we entered the visitor center and paid $5 to tour the museum. Upon entering the museum we watched a 20ish minute film that was very interesting and informative. Next we went into the... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The museum costs $5 admission and is worth the visit, but could use more organization. It takes only about 10-15 minutes to reach from Beaufort and is only a minute or two off the road from Beaufort to Hunting Island. The Penn Center tries to tell three broad three stories: the earliest experiment in reconstructing African American society after slaves... More

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Joplin, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We stopped to check this out. No brochures could be found and noone offered to tell us about the place. Very cold reception and we felt Very Out of place.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Penn Center is a poignant reminder of our far-too-recent past and far-too-real present. The video describing Penn Center's origin and history is well done, even moving; the setting of Penn Center truly beautiful; and the story of the people who have made Penn Center truly heroic and worthy of great pride. But like far too many places and situations in... More

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Melrose, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Not only did I learn something new, but this facility provoked thought. I went home with questions and did some of my own research. Isn't that what a historical attraction can hope to achieve? The Penn Center was founded by two women in 1862 whose mission was to better the futures of freed slaves through education. What the Penn Center... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We so enjoyed our visit! The video is a must within the museum. It emphasizes the spirit and determination of these islanders to maintain the culture and land that is so dear to them. Beautiful photography throughout the museum. Take a trip for a half day- you won't be disappointed.

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