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Penn Center Overview | Let's Go!
Penn Center Overview | Let's Go!

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Penn Center is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. The historic campus is located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and...
Penn Center Photo Gallery | Let's Go!
Penn Center Photo Gallery | Let's Go!

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The Penn Center, founded officially as the Penn School in 1865, is a campus of buildings dedicated to African American education in St. Helena Island, South Carolina. The original school grew out of...
Columbia | South Carolina Public Radio
Columbia | South Carolina Public Radio

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"C" is for Columbia (Richland County; 2010 population 130,493). Named for Christopher Columbus and created in 1786 as the nation’s first truly planned capital city, Columbia has a unique history...
Williston | South Carolina Public Radio
Williston | South Carolina Public Radio

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“W” is for Williston [Barnwell County, population 3,307]. Located on U.S. Highway 78, the town is named for early settlers, the Willis family. In 1832, Elijah Willis, a local planter, donated land for...
Naomi and Matty  | Blythewood History
Naomi and Matty | Blythewood History

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Naomi and Matty share memories of their father and growing up in Blythewood. Their father was a farmer and activist, encouraging people in the community to register to vote. This was during the time...
Constelena Kelly | Blythewood History
Constelena Kelly | Blythewood History

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Constelena Kelly's great-great grandfather, a Caucasian man, was married to a Cherokee Native American who lived on the reservation. A time came when she was not allowed to live anywhere but on the...
Ruby Brice | Blythewood History
Ruby Brice | Blythewood History

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Explore the African American community through the experiences of Blythewood resident, Ruby Brice. Brice's paternal family lived in Blythewood since the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, her maternal...
Frances Davis | Blythewood History
Frances Davis | Blythewood History

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Francine Davis' family moved to Blythewood in 1940 so she can attend the only black high school available in District 2. There were several church-based schools for black children to attend, but...
Dorothy Wilson | Blythewood History
Dorothy Wilson | Blythewood History

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Dorothy Wilson talks about her grandfather, William Griffin. The history of William Griffin goes back to 1886. The Griffin family were sharecroppers and farmers. Her grandfather purchased 80 acres of...