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Penn Center

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Address: 16 Penn Center Cir W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-5302
Phone Number: 8438382432
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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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Hidden Historical Gem

A visit to the Penn Center will open a chapter in the history of the Gullah community of this area. I was fascinated with the connection between this community and the people of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Hari259
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Luthersville, Georgia
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Luthersville, Georgia
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to the Penn Center will open a chapter in the history of the Gullah community of this area. I was fascinated with the connection between this community and the people of Pennsylvania. Make sure you stop in at the museum and see the video, too. I was unaware of the importance of this place throughout the early days... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a great part of Gullah history and definitely a must see if you are in the area. After touring the museum be sure to drive or walk the grounds on both sides of the road. Be sure to find a Gullah luncheon somewhere afterward.

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Victoria S, Director of Development & Marketing at Penn Center, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to Penn School National Historic Landmark District. Thank you for spreading the word and we look forward to you visiting again. More 

Luthersville, United States
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm sure most folks haven't heard of this place but will be surprised to learn that much of MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech was dreamed up here.It's a self-guided tour of Reconstruction and Post-Reconstruction Learning Centers.The short video in the museum was a bit redundant.As a Caucasian gentleman I was not aware of this place but overall it was... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was drawn to Penn Center to see an exhibit at the Bailey Museum. The volunteers are former students that share the importance of preserving culture and history. I was profoundly moved by the history shared about the legacy of Penn Center. I will be back to do a full tour. I motivated and inspired. I was grateful to purchase... More 

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Victoria S, Director of Development at Penn Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Penn Center National Historic Landmark District and providing such a wonderful review of our site. Mr. Robert Middleton loves working in the museum and visiting with Penn Center guests such as yourself. We look forward to meeting you on your next visit. Happy and Safe Travels To You! More 

Spartanburg, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

The staff are very informative and the twenty minute movie as so educational. The grounds weren't very well maintained, but there is a lot to see. The history of this place is something everyone should hear.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Visit Penn Center for some history of the area and the shop has interesting items for purchase if you want to take home some quality items. It''s quick and easy to find Penn Center just off the main road out to Hunting Island and Fripp Island.

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Flint, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Start in the museum and then walk the grounds of this historic place where freedmen were educated and civil rights workers deliberated 100 years later.The circle remains unbroken .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Originally a school founded after the Civil War by a Quaker woman from Philadelphia to teach trades to Black students, the now Penn Center is a museum with a number of other buildings apparently available for seminars and retreats. However, no other buildings were open for touring, and some appeared not to be in use at all. The primary overview... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This was one of several places we visited on Saint Helena with a step on guide who gave us a very informative view of the Gullah history, culture and language. This was the final day of a coach tour of SC & GA with Country Travelers Discovery. She guided the coach to several sites, giving us talks about each one.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Having read a bit about the schools that the North opened during the Civil War to educate the freed slaves, I was anxious to visit the center. I was definitely not disappointed! Start in the Welcome Center and talk to the volunteers; they are warm and friendly people and can definitely give you some things to think about before going... More 

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