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36th Annual Heritage Days Celebration

November 8, 2018 - November 10, 2018

Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day cultural event celebrating the Gullah/Geechee/Sea Island history, folk arts, food, music, crafts and West African cultural legacy.

Located at Penn Center—formerly the Penn School, one of the first schools for formerly enslaved Africans and their descendants living on St. Helena Island—visitors can experience the unique setting of the 50-acre historic campus of Penn Center.

Special events for the weekend include demonstrations of West African/Gullah cultural connections, including:

  • Live demonstrations of sweetgrass basket making and net making
  • Gullah storytellers and re-enactors
  • Singers, African drummers, and dancers
  • Educational Symposium
  • Center stage entertainment
  • A craft fair, parade, fish fry, and old school jam
  • Youth & Family Day with lots of educational “fun fuh de chillun and famlee” (fun for the children and family).

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Heritage Featured Artist Reception- The Art of Diane Britton Dunham.  A Home Coming Jubilee: “Our Story Our History Our Lives”

Diane will be on-site signing limited edition posters throughout the festival. “I’m honored to be selected as the 2018 Artist of the year. Penn Center is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. The York W. Bailey Museum and campus is located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and historically distinct of the South Carolina Sea Islands, and at the heart of Gullah culture”. – Diane

Penn Center’s Darrah Hall (the building featured in this painting) has been designated a Reconstruction Era National Monument, a United States National Monument established by President Barack Obama in January 2017 to preserve and commemorate activities during the Reconstruction Era that followed the American Civil War.


November 8, 2018
November 10, 2018
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Penn Center
16 Penn Center Circle West
St. Helena, SC United States
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