The Gate Museum


Penn Center, St Helena Island,
South Carolina

November – January 2023

Located on beautiful St. Helena Island, The Penn Center is a 50-acre historic district comprising 25 historic buildings and structures, surrounded by glimmering marshes, and nestled beneath the silvery moss-draped limbs of massive live oaks.

The campus of the former Penn School, one of the nation’s first schools for formerly enslaved people, is one of the most significant African American institutions in existence today. This historic and cultural institution is a National Historic Landmark District and comprises two of the four sites in Reconstruction Era National Park.

Penn Center continues to thrive as a National Historic Monument serving as a viable catalyst for sustaining the history and culture of the Sea Islands. It continues to foster initiatives that impact local, national, and international communities.”