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Penn Center is one of the nation's most historically significant African-American educational and cultural institutions. It was established early in the Civil War, before emancipation. The purpose was to educate the freed slaves on the sea islands around Port Royal Sound that had been occupied by the Union on November 7, 1861.

The Penn Center has worked on many community-based projects, such as bringing public water to the islands, helping farmers to buy and market co-operatives and advocating better housing and health care for low-income people.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. held annual meetings for his organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on the Penn campus. In 1974, the U.S. Department of the Interior named Penn Center a National Historic Landmark.

The grounds are open daily and are free to the public daily. Please call for museum hours.

Location: Martin Luther King Dr, St Helena Island South Carolina Telephone 843-838-8562

Other History nearby:
(Aiken) Aiken County Historical Museum
(Augusta) Augusta-Richmond County Museum
(Santee) Berkeley Museum
(Aiken) Carriage Museum at Rye Patch
(Cayce) Cayce Historical Museum
(Edgefield) Cedar Grove Plantation

05/17 Coming to The St Helena Island area
Colleton County Rice Festival Walterboro SC April26-28 Rice Run-Walk, Dog Show, Open Car Show. Performance by Common Ground.
Sacred Heart Garden Festival Augusta GA April26-28 Historic Sacred Heart Cultural Center in downtown Augusta, GA will be the focus for classic southern gardening during its annual garden festival. Join us as we celebrate the advent of spring and raise funds to support the magnificent sacred heart cultural center.
Spoleto Festival Charleston SC May24-June9 Spoleto Festival has firmly established itself as one of the world’s major arts festivals and as one of the most significant arts organizations in the Southeast.
Impulse Music and Arts Festival Union Point GA June6-9 Impulse Festival will be 3 days of camping in the woods (fires allowed!), massive art installations,the loudest possible sound system and the most amazing light show! All ages are welcome to attend.
Effingham Oktoberfest Effingham GA September27-28 The Effingham Oktoberfest is supported and organized by the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce. The Festival is free and open to the public and parking shuttles run continuously.