Penn Center, Saint Helena Island

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The Penn Center, formerly the Penn School, is an African-American cultural and educational center near Frogmore, South Carolina, on Saint Helena Island. Founded in 1862 by missionaries from Pennsylvania, it was the first school founded in the Southern United States specifically for the education of African-Americans. It provided critical educational facilities to Gullah slaves freed after plantation owners fled the island, and continues to fulfill an educational mission. The campus was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1974. Darrah Hall and Brick Baptist Church on the campus were declared part of Reconstruction Era National Monument in January 2017.
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  • We traveled to St. Helena Island to learn about the Gullah culture. Penn Center had a number of exhibits and a museum which provided a detailed description of what life was like in the area long ago. ...  more »
  • This was a wonderful place to learn and just spend some time. The displays are full of information and great history, but we also really appreciated the opportunity to go out and explore the grounds o...  more »
  • This place is so full of history and resources. One would be wise to explore and take in what the Penn Center has to offer. I would advise you to get a tour if possible, but there is SO much to learn here.
  • I love the history that you learn here. And they have some beautiful baskets to buy. They are the grass baskets that are so famous in this area. They also have some rugs and other great craft items that very talented people have made.

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