Penn Center Celebrates Black History Month


Penn Center Celebrates Black History Month with Local African American Art Group
Penn Center celebrates Black History Month with the opening of “Been Here Before”, a compilation of artistic works and historical representations by twelve accomplished Gullah African Diaspora Artist (GADA).  The York W. Bailey Museum will open this exhibition with a reception, Friday, February 10th at 6pm.   “Been Here Before” will be on exhibit through May 30, 2017. GADA, formerly Omo Isonas, celebrates the groups’ twentieth anniversary with various artistic adaptations in “Been Here Before,” such as lectures, panel discussions, and spoken word activities that will explore the history, politics and impact of GADA’s contributions to the art world, the group’s journey and the individual artistic voyage of the artists.  Featured artists includes globally acclaimed award winning artists including- Arianne King Comer, Al Davis, Mary Dawson, James Denmark, Diane Britton Dunham, Hank Herring, Kenneth Hodges, Susan Madison, Brenda Singleton,  James “Saint” St. Clair, Jery B. Taylor, and Richard White.  For further information please email:  Diane Britton Dunham at call Penn Center 843.838.2474 or   

Penn Center Community Forum

Join Dr. Rodell Lawrence, Executive Director of Penn Center, Penn Center Staff and invited guests on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the York W. Bailey Museum to hear about current events at Penn Center.  We want you to bring your voice and share your thoughts.  The forum is free and open to the public and we look forward to seeing you there.


Penn Center’s Oyster Roast/Fish Fry & A Movie

Penn Center will host its first oyster roast and fish fry of the year on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 6:00-8:30 p.m. on the historic grounds of Penn Center.  Join us for some of the best seafood our area has to offer. Purchase your tickets available now: $30.00/person by calling Penn Center (843) 838-2432.  Enjoy free admission to the York W. Bailey Museum (5:00-8:30pm) and view the movie Family Across the Sea (7:00-8:00pm).  Family Across the Sea explores the remarkable connections between the Gullah of the South Carolina/Georgia Sea Islands and the people of West Africa, particularly those of Sierra Leone. The program traces the truly unparalleled historical connection and continued relationship from the time of slavery. The development of these two cultures is examined over the course of time, considering aspects of language, culture, folkways, and music common to both sides of this “family.” (c 1990).  

 Victoria A. Smalls

Director of Development & Public Relations

Penn Center

National Historic Landmark District

P.O. Box 126, St. Helena Island, SC 29920

Office:  (843) 838-2432 OR (843) 838-8552

Cell:  (843) 812-4662





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