A South Carolina Historical Legacy
An American Cultural Treasure
Tucked in the heart of the South Carolina Sea Islands surrounded by glimmering marshes and nestled beneath the silvery moss-draped limbs of massive live oaks, is Penn Center. It is the site of the former Penn School, one of the country's first schools for freed slaves.
Penn Center is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. We are located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and historically distinct of the South Carolina Sea Islands, and at the heart of Gullah culture.
Penn Center’s York W. Bailey Museum will host the exhibition titled, The Water’s Edge featuring artist Diane Britton Dunham on view July 8 through October 29.
Join Penn Center for a Labor Day celebration including formal programs with guest speakers and live performances.
The 3rd Gullah Geechee Bike Ride will be held on Labor Day, September 5th at Penn Center National Historic Landmark District.
A homecoming celebration honoring the founding of Penn School and all things Gullah Geechee!