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Black Heritage Travel: Penn Center Labor Day Celebration on the South Carolina Sea Islands

Black Heritage Travel: Penn Center Labor Day Celebration on the South Carolina Sea Islands
“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.”

Looking for something to do or a last-minute trip for Labor Day? You should check out the Labor Day Celebration at the Historic Penn Center.

My husband I love visiting Penn Center for the beauty and history of this majestic site. If you ever get a chance to visit, you will definitely want to come back. Not to mention their farmer’s market has the sweetest vendors and the best shrimp burger in the Lowcountry.

Get more details on the Penn Center Labor Day Celebration below:

Black Heritage Travel: Penn Center Labor Day Celebration on the South Carolina Sea Islands

Art by Lisa Rivers
Penn Center is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. The property is 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. 

Events include:

Gullah Geechee Bike Ride | Registration begins at 7:30 am | Ride begins at 8:30 am. 25 mile ride of St. Helena Island or 50 mile ride of St. Helena Island, Harbor Island and Hunting Island.

Community Vendor Fair | 10:00 am- 3:00 pm. Taking place on the historic grounds of Penn Center.

Labor Day Program | 11:00 am- 12:30 pm | Keynote Speaker Michael Boulware Moore, Founding President and CEO of the International African American Museum and the Great-Great Grandson of The Honorable Robert Smalls. In addition, Scott Allen Gibbs will grace us with a special vocal performance. Program will take place in Frissell Community House. Donations are accepted.

Penn Club Fish Fry Fundraiser | 12:00 pm–until… Taking place on the historic grounds of Penn Center.

York W. Bailey Museum will be open for visitors on Labor Day | 9:00 am-4:00 pm | Admission: $7/adult, $5/student and Free for ages 5 & under. Tour the museum and take a self-guided tour of the 50-acre Penn School National Historic Landmark District.

For more information on the events please contact the History and Culture Department at (843) 838-8554 or vsmalls@penncenter.com.

For more information on the Gullah Geechee Bike Ride please contact Mr. JT Pringle at (843) 263-0654.

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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