AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[SC] Penn Center Honors Three
Penn Center honors three who made the 'jewel shine'
Think of the Penn Center 1862 Circle as a pebble dropped in a creek.
It may have seemed like a small splash when two women from the North ventured to St. Helena Island in that war-torn year to start a school for freed slaves. But their action still ripples throughout society. Many see the election of a black president as proof.
That circle of influence was celebrated Saturday night at a black-tie banquet in Beaufort to induct new members into the honorary 1862 Circle.
But with the honors come responsibilities.
The strength, character and service of Laura M. Towne and Ellen Murray are needed today as much as it when the Penn School came to life in our county.