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Address: 16 Penn Center Cir W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920
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Description: 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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An Historical Treasure

This former school and historic set of buildings has an interesting past worth learning about, and Penn Center has an impressive past. The museum has a thorough collection of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This former school and historic set of buildings has an interesting past worth learning about, and Penn Center has an impressive past. The museum has a thorough collection of artifacts as well as Sam Doyle artwork.

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Inverness,fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I visited the Penn Center on July 14, 2015. The price to get into the museum is $5.00. You don't have to go into the museum, you can tour the grounds (at no cost). I suggest going into the museum 1st to get all the background history/information about The Penn Center and the people it helped and the people who... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I highly recommend everyone who can go, you must see Penn Center! It has so much interesting history about our culture and nation. The information that you receive form this visit is so informative about the history of the country. The guides on the island talk about the Gullah-Geechee Cultural. You can watch a video that is full of historic... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I visited the Penn Center for a weekend during a Gullah History Tour from the college that I attended. We were blessed to stay in the rooms, eat in the dining hall, walk the grounds where so much history took place. Artisans came and showed us how to hand weave sweet grass baskets, make beautiful frames by wood burning words... More 

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Abingdon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My daughter and I visited the Penn Center with a biking tour group. Before this trip, I did not know anything about the Gullah people or their history. The museum is very educational and the woman who spoke to us was very effective in sharing her experience of the Gullah culture and language. There was a video that I think... More 

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New Jersy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We were able to understand in a clear and descriptive manner how the Afro-Americans have struggled and succeeded over the past 150 years. The Penn Center should be visited by Americans of all ages. It is beautifully situated on St. Helena's Island where there is significant Gullah memory. We enjoyed it this year and in our previous visit in 2013.... More 

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Brick, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Penn Center had some interesting items and a video. The video was very long and we didn't end up watching the entire video. The staff was not very helpful, but if you are interested in history and civil rights this is a good stop.

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The Villages
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The Center has some artifacts to view and an interesting 20-minute video explaining the importance of the Penn Center in the history of the area. It's one of those things that helps you appreciate our country's history.

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St. Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We included a stay in Beaufort on our itinerary just so we could visit the Penn Center and I'm glad we did. There's so much history to be found on the site. We were shown a video about the history of the school and then toured the museum. Existing buildings are still on the grounds and while we weren't allowed... More 

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Gatineau
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Granted, it is only 5$ per person but so much more could be done to make visitors aware of this tragic but important american heritage. The museum is poorly designed, contrary to the experience of others, the staff whnw were there was cold and silent. The store was way overpriced. In the end, it left us with more questions than... More 

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