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Penn School Historic District

Frogmore, South Carolina
County of Beaufort.
1 mile south of Frogmore
National Register Number: 74001824
Resource type: District.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: SC-2 Certified Local Government: YES
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Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 2, 1974):
In 1862, long before the end of the Civil War, Northern missionaries arrived on St. Helena Island to assist the Black population. They organized one of the first southern schools for Blacks here, and pioneered in health services and self-help programs. The oldest existing structure is the Brick Church (1855), which served as a school for the newly freed slaves.

The structures of the district are in a dire state of disrepair that threatens both their integrity and the security of the invaluable collections that they house. A major effort is needed to ensure that these resources that are so significant in our nation’s history are not lost.

Grants received: 1998, National Park Service - Rehabilitation of Historic Structures within Penn Center, Inc.

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