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Address: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, St. Helena Island, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920
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An interpretation of the history of Penn School through artifacts and the...

An interpretation of the history of Penn School through artifacts and the collection of historic photographs.Art Exhibitions; cultural demonstrations;guided tours; a bookstore & gift shop. Hours: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

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Interesting tour

The video is a must. Be sure to read everything. The museum is a must to get a good sense of the low country history.

Reviewed 22 September 2016
Katrina B
Gaffney, South Carolina
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Bridgeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This museum is located on the campus of the Penn School, the first school in the US for emancipated slaves. This school taught academics as well as life skills so we were able to see remnants of these educational processes. It was interesting to see that some of the artifacts have "cousins" who still reside in our home! There are... More 

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Gaffney, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

The video is a must. Be sure to read everything. The museum is a must to get a good sense of the low country history.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2015

This small museum is a must for anyone wanting to learn about the Gullah people. It starts with a 20 minute movie that is excellent. The Historical exhibits detail the education of the Gullah to transition from slavery to freedom. Wonderful memorabilia. The main room has a contemporary exhibit. When we visited, it showcased an art teacher trained in Savannah... More 

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Belton, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2015

This museum truly explains the struggles and obstacles that the freed slaves endured to improve their state in life. It was my first real encounter with the reality of slavery before and after 1861. I wanted to learn all I could about the Gullah culture. I bought several books about the Gullah Culture, including a Gullah cookbook and "Gullah Culture... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

Very interesting insight into the training and education of the freed slave children. You can easily spend an hour just looking at the pictures and reading all the captions

1 Thank William H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2015

This museum is a pearl. The stories, the lives of person's past and present. I love coming to this museum, as it has broadened my horizon; as the Gullah, African culture has opened an even bigger world for me to appreciate and cultivate.

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2014

I love everything about this museum, it is filled with artifacts, books and papers that document the struggles and achievements of the Gullah-Geechee peoples. A must visit.

1 Thank jubileegoddess
Bladensburg, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Oh -- the great history that's here on St Helena Island, at the Penn Center, & its York W. Bailey Museum. The island was one of the first places African slaves were landed in the Americas, along with Dafuskey Island (slaves' pronunciation of "the first key") off the coast of near-by Hilton Head. Partly because there was no from the... More 

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Lake Lure, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

Worth the stop. Great history on how the Penn center got started and how it evolved. The art work is incredible. Was worth the trip to visit.

1 Thank Cindy H

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