Penn School

Penn School (HMDD9)

Location: St Helena Island, SC 29920 Beaufort County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 23.266', W 80° 34.588'

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One of the first schools for blacks in the South, Penn School, was reorganized as Penn Normal, Industrial and Agricultural School in 1901. As a result of this change, incorporating principals of education found at both Tuskegee and Hampton Institutes, Penn became an international model. Its program was removed to the Beaufort County school system in 1948.

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After Union occupation of the sea islands in 1861, two northerners, Laura Towne and Ellen Murray, came to assist the freed blacks of the area establishing Penn School here in 1862. The earliest known black teacher was Charlotte Forten, who traveled all the way from Massachusetts to help her people.
HM NumberHMDD9
Series This marker is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. series, and the National Historic Landmarks series.
Marker Number7-15
Year Placed1981
Placed ByPenn Club and South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreaction and Tourism
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 2:45pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 539835 N 3583496
Decimal Degrees32.38776667, -80.57646667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 23.266', W 80° 34.588'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 23' 15.96" N, 80° 34' 35.28" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 98-114 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, St Helena Island SC 29920, US
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