• York W. Bailey Museum - Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

      Gullah Geechee? It's a language also known as Sea Island Creole, plus a culture found today in the low country of South Carolina and Georgia. A good place to begin learning more about Gullah-Geechee is at Penn Center. Penn School, near Beaufort, South Carolina, was established in 1862 to provide a formal education for the formerly enslaved West Africans freed by the Emancipation Declaration. Over the years, Penn Center and Penn School have played an important role in bringing about social justice, education and preserving black-owned land. The museum was opened in 1994 to interpret the history of Penn Center and the history and arts and crafts of the Gullah-Geechee community. The museum features the permanent Education for Freedom exhibit, three galleries, a gift shop and book store featuring traditional and contemporary Gullah arts and crafts.

      If you go:
      Located in the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturday. (Check to see if open Mondays during the summer.) Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5/adult and $3/child.


      16 Penn Center Circle West
      Saint Helena Island, South Carolina 29920 USA

      Mailing address:
      P.O. Box 126
      Saint Helena Island, SC 29920 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      York W. Bailey Museum
      +1 (843) 838-2474

      Penn Center
      +1 (843) 838-2432