Penn Center

Explore Gullah History

The Penn Center is a 50-acre historic district including 25 buildings and structures on beautiful St. Helena Island, South Carolina. Surrounded by marsh and massive live oaks, the campus was home to one of the nation's first schools for formerly enslaved people. It is a significant African American institution rich with history. Check out Local Fun for more off-island adventures while enjoying your Fripp Island Vacation.

Welcome Center & Gift Shop

As you start your exploration, visit the Courtney P. Siceloff Welcome Center and Gift Shop, located with the York W. Bailey Museum.  There you will find original artwork, books, music, and many other gifts.

 

Discover and celebrate the Sea Islands and Lowcountry African American culture known as Gullah Geechee.  Tours are offered throughout the year and Penn Center hosts the annual Heritage Days Celebration each fall.

Penn Center
16 Penn Center Circle West
St. Helena Island, SC 29920
843-838-7105

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Emancipation Proclamation Fountain, 1964, #sculptor Gerd Utescher, installed in the #PennCenter #Concourse on February 12, 1965. The fountain portion was removed in 2002. 

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Emancipation Proclamation Fountain, 1964, #sculptor Gerd Utescher, installed in the #PennCenter #Concourse on February 12, 1965. The fountain portion was removed in 2002.

Famous #cityplanner Edmund Bacon was adamant in his belief that underground concourses should have openings to the sky to let natural light in. He was also a huge advocate for #publicart being prominent throughout the city. He donated this #sculpture himself!

While a number of those openings to the sky didn`t work as planned, and many have been enclosed, this one, serving septaphilly`s 15th Street Station, does exactly what Bacon envisioned.

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Museum

Visit the York W. Bailey Museum to discover the 86-year history of Penn Center beginning in 1862 through the reconstruction era.  Before the museum's dedication it was known as the Cope Industrial Shop, built to house classes in trades such as blacksmithing, basketry, cobbling, harness making and carpentry.