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Heritage Travel: Penn Center Charlotte Forten Day

Come have fun and interact with important figures in Penn Center’s history such as Charlotte Forten, Laura Towne, Ellen Murray, Harriet Tubman, Susie King Taylor and more! Games, prizes, music….and candy! Children, families and all community members are invited to this event. Hosted by the Friends of Charlotte Forten Book Club – there is no cost to attend, but please register to help us plan for supplies. Click on the link below for more info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/484701128775926/

Heritage Travel: Penn Center Charlotte Forten Day

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Charlotte Forten – Image from Library of Congress
According to Obsidian History Magazine: “Philadelphia-native Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten Grimke, the granddaughter of the great 18th-century black entrepreneur, civil rights’ activist and civic leader, James Forten, traveled to the Sea Islands of South Carolina in October 1862 to educate newly-liberated African Americans just after the Civil War erupted to become one of the most renowned women of the 19th century.  Her insightful and exquisitely detailed diary entries illuminate Philadelphia and the Sea Islands of South Carolina from the rare perspective of an African-American woman who was born on August 17, 1837 in Philly, then lived through the abhorrent age of American slavery, as well as the Civil War.” Get more info here: https://sites.google.com/site/obsidianhistorymagazine/home/charlotte-forten-sea-islands-educational-adventure
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From Penn Center Site: Freed people hungered for education, as South Carolina had long forbidden teaching slaves to read and write. In 1862, Laura M. Towne and Ellen Murray from Pennsylvania were among the first northern teachers to arrive as part of the Port Royal Experiment. They established a partnership as educators at the Penn School on St. Helena Island that lasted for four decades. Charlotte Forten, a well-educated African American woman from a prominent abolitionist family in Philadelphia, joined the faculty later that year.T
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Want to experience more than the day? Sign up for the weekend of events and stay at the Historic Penn Center!

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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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