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Penn Center : a history preserved

Author: Orville Vernon Burton; Wilbur Cross; Emory S Campbell
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For more than 150 years, the Penn Center, located on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, has been an epicenter of African American education, historic preservation, and social justice for tens of thousands of descendants of formerly enslaved West Africans living in the Sea Islands. Founded in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War after the island was secured by Union troops, the Penn School was established by two  Read more...
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History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Burton, Orville Vernon.
Penn Center
(DLC) 2014008627
(OCoLC)876432051
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Orville Vernon Burton; Wilbur Cross; Emory S Campbell
ISBN: 9780820347844 0820347841
OCLC Number: 892094150
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Chapter 1. Penn School Begins amidst War --
Chapter 2. Penn School from Reconstruction to 1901 --
Chapter 3. Penn Normal, Industrial, and Agricultural School --
Chapter 4. Penn Center and the Civil Rights Movement --
Chapter 5. Penn as a Center of Preservation and Sustainability --
Chapter 6. Penn as a Center of Gullah Preservation --
Appendix: Beaufort County and St. Helena Subdivision Population Data.
Responsibility: Orville Vernon Burton with Wilbur Cross ; foreword by Emory Campbell.

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"For more than 150 years, the Penn Center, located on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, has been an epicenter of African American education, historic preservation, and social justice for tens of thousands of descendants of formerly enslaved West Africans living in the Sea Islands. Founded in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War after the island was secured by Union troops, the Penn School was established by two Northern missionaries, Laura M. Towne and Ellen Murray, to provide a formal education for former slaves who formed the nucleus of the coastal Gullah Geechee community. Burton and Cross examine the intricate history and evolution of the Penn Center over the past 150 years and place it in its modern context. In 1901, the Penn School expanded to become the Penn Normal, Agricultural and Industrial School after adopting the industrial arts curriculum taught at Hampton and Tuskegee Institutes. The educational training stood at the forefront of progressivism and reform as it helped to advance an entire generation and community into the Industrial Age after slavery. This project makes a tremendous contribution with its examination of Penn Center's role in the Civil Rights Movement: it was the only location in South Carolina where interracial groups, including Dr. King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Peace Corps, could have safe sanctuary in an era of mandated segregation. During the Sea Island resort boom of the mid- to late-20th century, the Penn Center was instrumental in preserving land on St. Helena. Since 1974, the campus of seventeen historic structures and eight other sites has been designated a National Historic Landmark District, one of only four in the state of South Carolina, and the only African American historic district so named"--

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