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 formerly enslaved individuals.

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. 



You are invited to attend the 16th Annual 1862 Circle Gala on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact Penn Center by phone at (843) 838-8552 or by email at 1862gala@penncenter.com

Penn Center is a Proud Partner of the National Park Service. 

Learn more about the historic sites that make-up the reconstruction era national monument & how to visit.

reconstruction era national monument sites 

Penn Center is a multi-service 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Please support our museum, public educational and cultural programs by making a donation or volunteering your time.