Several generations of the St. Helena community attended the historic Penn School, established as one of the first schools for freed slaves. In the 1950s and 1960s, the site served as a safe retreat for those involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other activists used the quiet refuge to plan the March on Washington, an event that helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Penn Center now serves as a resource center for those studying and protecting Sea Island communities.

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Emory Campbell - Community Leader | Sea Change
Emory Campbell - Community Leader | Sea Change

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Emory Campbell is a community leader on Saint Helena's Island, SC. This is his full interview from the SCETV documentary "Sea Change." Questions addressed in this video include: What would the effect...
Uncle Sam Polite | History Of SC Slide Collection
Uncle Sam Polite | History Of SC Slide Collection

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The crafts that Africans brought with them in their heads and hands to the new world were crafts that were important to carrying out everyday life--whether it be making baskets and pots, or keeping...