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Shelliu wrote a review Nov 12
Hilton Head, South Carolina3,967 contributions613 helpful votes
The history is undeniable. It’s powerful to be where MLK wrote “I have a dream” and be at such an important civil rights location. I do wish the experience dud more to highlight the great history. We were hoping for an audio tour, downloadable app and s as blue to see more of the buildings but that wasn’t the case. We also didn’t get to tour the museum which closed early even though they said they would be open until 4. There was just a paper map and short blurbs about the buildings. They buildings also look like they are in fairly bad shape which was sad. Still worth visiting, especially when they are more fully operational.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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elandja wrote a review Oct 2020
Apex, North Carolina551 contributions114 helpful votes
The Penn Center introduced me to a completely new piece of history about SC and the low county. Such an incredible story about the education program that was developed to teach formerly enslaved people during the Civil War era, ,the expansion beyond core competencies of reading, writing and arithmetic to live skills and more trades at the turn of the 20th century and them becoming a place where blacks and whites could meet together for public discourse with a place in Civil Rights history. A few of the buildings are under the auspices of the National Park Service as National Reconstruction sites. I recommend as a great learning experience.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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RBonTheLake wrote a review Sep 2020
Rock Hill, South Carolina563 contributions207 helpful votes
The park ranger was very knowledgeable and gave us some great information. We only went into the schoolhouse but it was very educational. There was a short video you could watch.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Alitraveli wrote a review Aug 2020
Seattle, Washington13 contributions2 helpful votes
The Penn Center was a school for freed slaves and provides insight into the challenges faced by children who transitioned from slavery to a still very racist society where they were not enslaved. The Center is also an inspirational place where Martin Luther King, Jr. and others fought for civil rights. I suggest starting by watching the informative video. I wish there had been a docent tour available, but the self-guided visit is still quite worthwhile. The gift shop is worth a visit too. If you have a car, visiting here makes for a nice day trip from Hilton Head Island. The drive is lovely. We tried to have lunch at the nearby Gullah Grub restaurant, but it was unexpectedly closed, so we ate on the nice patio of the Foolish Frog.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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LittlePaint wrote a review Mar 2020
Urbandale, Iowa540 contributions59 helpful votes
I really didn't feel like we got a true sense of what Penn School accomplished and the impact it had on reconstruction. We gained a much better understanding at the Reconstruction Era National Historic Site visitor center in Beaufort.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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