Penn Center: A Legacy of Change

This program tells the story of the Penn Center’s inception in 1862 as a school for freed slaves to its involvement in the Gullah community today. Today the center collects, documents, preserves, and disseminates information related to cultural heritage of the Sea Island and Lowcountry African American culture.

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Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 1
Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 1

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Located on St. Helena Island, some may remember it as Penn School, while others know it as Penn Center. St. Helena is one of the few places where you will see a living Gullah community. The history...
Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 2 - Social Injustice
Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 2 - Social Injustice

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Penn School closed its doors in the late 1940s and redirected its efforts to address social injustice. 1964 was the height of the civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. and his group were...
Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 3 - Heritage Days
Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 3 - Heritage Days

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Another way that Penn helps to remember the culture is through the Heritage Days Celebration. The event was rekindled in 1981 but has its roots in the old harvest day celebration. Heritage Days are...