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Founded in 1862, by Laura M. Towne and Ellen Murray, the Penn Center National Landmark District was one of the first academic schools in the south established to provide an education for freedmen. In the 1960’s Penn Center was an important institution for the Civil Rights Movement by hosting guests as varied as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Peace Corps.
After 150 years Penn Center has grown into a monument promoting historic preservation and economic sustainability throughout the Sea Islands.
Penn Center is located at 16 Penn Center Cir W, St. Helena Island, S.C. 29920 and is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Discover South Carolina
“Discover the remarkable history and heritage of the Gullah people, a storied civilization and culture prevailing on the Sea Islands of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The Gullah people have sustained their treasured West African traditions and ways of life for generations, and their cultural impact on the Lowcountry is undeniable.”
“United Nations – The United Nations has declared an International Decade for Persons of African Descent. Launched in January, the decade focuses on protecting the rights of people of African heritage, recognizing their contributions and preserving their rich cultural heritage. This also includes the descendants of slaves – the Gullah Geechee people – who live in South Carolina and Georgia in the United States.”
Managed by a federal commission partnered with the National Park Service and the state historic preservation offices of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, the Gullah / Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a national heritage area.