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Penn Center

16 Penn Center Cir W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-5302
+1 843-838-2432
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It could be so much more

As retirees, we have been interested in learning about our countries history and the institutions... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Penn Center, a history lesson

The Penn Center is an African-American cultural and education center, we visited on Saint-Helena... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Wichita, Kansas
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A significant African-American institution in the United States, its mission is to preserve the Sea Islands' history, culture and environment.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“gullah culture” (19 reviews)
“civil war” (15 reviews)
“freed slaves” (14 reviews)
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16 Penn Center Cir W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-5302
+1 843-838-2432
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As retirees, we have been interested in learning about our countries history and the institutions that make the US such a great nation. We were hoping a visit to the Penn Center would give us a greater understanding of the reconstruction era and how it...More

Thank don9290
Reviewed 27 October 2017

The Penn Center is an African-American cultural and education center, we visited on Saint-Helena Island, while on tour with our senior citizens group. The first building we went into we saw a film, and an exhibit area. There was a man Mr. Milton who was...More

Thank brontz
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Unlike some of the other reviews, I did not find this place a disappointment at all. Maybe it's because I had already researched and knew the history behind the Penn Center and campus, and about the time MLK Jr spent there, along with other civil...More

Thank southernfoodgal
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We stopped here spur of the moment and w/o prep. We had a very interesting discussion with a couple of guides at the front desk and got a great tip about a sweetgrass basket weaver whose work I admired at the center. Do not miss...More

1  Thank Laura M
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We were greeted by a woman at the counter. She told us to see the museum it was $7 each. Then if we wanted to we could buy a map of the grounds for $2. We thought we would see the museum first then go...More

Thank Vacation_Bound_40324
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

If you're interested in learning history of the Gullah, start here. So many artifacts, buildings, and knowledgeable people! For an even better experience, read the The Letters and Diary of Laura Towne before you go (download from Cornell University Library). She was the 1st teacher...More

Thank Alicia C
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Worth a trip to see this piece of Gullah history. They really need to spend a bit more on the marketing side of this historic gem. But worth a visit and they do need the support.

Thank Leigh H
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We were interested to learn more about Penn Center and the Gullah culture of the SC islands. That just did not work out for us on the day we visited. We paid admission in the Visitor Center. We were left to wander through the area...More

Thank travel7continents
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Interesting place believed to be an early if not the first school for emancipated African Americans. Martin Luther King visited there, Visit the interesting graves which include several notable people.

Thank fkates
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

We, a family with all ages, thoroughly enjoyed it! The 82 year old volunteer in the welcome center was delightful! Don't miss this! Enjoyed exploring area on our own.

Thank Sue F
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