LASR.net Homepage




Menu

Penn Center Inc.


category : Other Attractions
After Union occupation of the sea islands in 1861, Northern missionaries Laura Towne and Ellen Murray and abolitionists founded Penn Center in 1862 for the education of newly freed Sea Island slaves. The Penn School operated through the end of World War II when education was provided by the Beaufort County school system. The school preserved much of the Island's African-American history and culture through collections, historical documentation, oral histories, musical recordings and handicrafts (especially sweetgrass baskets). The facility also served as a meeting place for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prior to the March on Washington in 1963. The Penn School and Center is available today for tours, educational enrichment, conventions and group enrichment. More than 1,000 works on African American Gullah culture and Sea Island history are housed in the Laura Towne Library. Each year, the site is the setting for the Heritage Days Celebration, featuring Gullah song, dance and art. Introduced in 2005, the two week Gullah Studies Institute is designed to introduce audiences to the Gullah Culture and Penn Center.


Admission:

  • Checks Accepted: Yes
  • Visa/Mas
    Hours:

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Captain Eddie's Fishing Charters And Sightseeing Cruises

Offshore and inshore fishing charters on the 27' "Glory Hallelujah II" or inshore on the 17' "Little Glory Hallelujah"

Saint Helena Island, SC Charters

Barefoot Farms

U-pick year-round (greenhouse)

Saint Helena Island, SC Farms

Rev's Step On Tours

Rev's tour is an "UNFUGULLABLE"

Saint Helena Island, SC Tours

Gullah-N-Geechie Mahn Tours

This historical tour of St. Helena and the surrounding Sea Islands brings to life stories and contributions of enslaved Africans and their native cultures and how it significantly influenced the growth and development of South Carolina's and America's culture. Offers "receptive operators"

Saint Helena Island, SC Tours


Things to do Other Attractions near Saint Helena Island, SC

Pritchards Island & Center For Coastal Ecology

Owned by the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Pritchards Island is a remote barrier island located between Hilton Head ...

Hilton Head Springfest

Join us for the largest outdoor, tented wine tasting on the East Coast. Over 1,000 wines to taste. $30 Admission includes sou...

Island Tranquility

Wonderful location on center Fripp Island, Captain John Fripp Villa. the ocean is 80 steps away and the pool is just outside...

Lowcountry Adventures / Gray Line

Organized tours of Beaufort, Charleston, Hilton Head and Savannah, Ga. Pick up and drop off service from most hotels and time...