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Penn Center

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Address: Saint Helena Island, SC
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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Historic Jewel

The site captures the historic of the Gullah Geechee people who were the first freed enslaved Africans to attend a training school

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The site captures the historic of the Gullah Geechee people who were the first freed enslaved Africans to attend a training school

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Was very interesting with a 25 min. video and several pictures of the days in late 1800's. More emphasis should be added with film on the network showing the Head of the Gullah Nation talking about the heritage and speaking Geechy. More signs indidcating what the buildings were used for on campus. Plan for a one hour stay.

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Spearfish, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

What an amazing place to visit! Just the cabin the Dr. King stayed in was more then enough to make this a must see! I recommend this place 150%!

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Seattle, Washington
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56 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Penn Center was a very spiritual place to visit. You could feel the hopes and dreams of the many freed slaves that attended training here. It gave me a real perspective of what the brave souls experienced transitioning from slavery to freedom. It restores you faith in the kindness of humans and the strength of our peeople.

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Huntsville
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
48 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
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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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22 helpful votes 22 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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38 helpful votes 38 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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