If you live in an apartment in Beaufort, SC, then November at the Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration will let you immerse yourself in the Gullah culture through educational and entertaining events. The annual festival is a free event that recognizes the Gullah heritage and its ties to West and Central Africa, as well as the Lowcountry. It is hosted by Penn Center, a museum and cultural center situated on the site of the first school for freed slaves established during the Civil War.
Beaufort’s annual Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration highlights the Sea Islands’ Gullah, Gechee Culture. The annual festival that recognizes the Gullah heritage and its ties to West and Central Africa, as well as the Lowcountry, returns to Beaufort from November 7th to 9th.
The Penn Center is a museum and cultural center situated on the site of the first school for freed slaves established during the Civil War.
Heritage Days Celebration events encourage you to immerse themselves in the Gullah culture through all types of events including:
- An art exhibition featuring Cassandra M. Gillens
- Flags of the Gullah people
- A fish fry and blues night
- An old-fashioned prayer service
- Taste of the Sea Islands
- A Heritage Days symposium
- A Saturday parade
- Gullah Roots Village
- Center-stage entertainment
- Fishing tournament
- Youth Day events & entertainment
- Artists & Authors Row
“The Heritage Days Celebration is a fun way to learn more about Gullah Geechee history and culture of the Sea Islands,” said Robb Wells, tourism division executive for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The event draws both locals and tourists to celebrate an important part of American history that is unique to our region.”