Thursday, August 4, 2011

Day Trip to Penn Center

Begun in 1862 as Penn School , an experimental program to educate Sea Island slaves freed at the beginning of the Civil War, it is the oldest and most persistent survivor of the Port Royal Experiment. The first principals were Northern missionaries Laura Towne and Ellen Murray. Both spent the next forty years of their lives living among and educating former Sea Island slaves, the Gullah people of the South Carolina Low Country. St. Helena Island is located two hours from Augusta.

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