Penn Center Heritage Days

The Penn Center of St. Helena Island recently began its thirtieth annual Heritage Days festival, a celebration of the Gullah-Geechie culture of the Sea Islands.  Click here for WTOC’s coverage of all the festivities.    


Flyin’ West

The College of Charleston Theater Department, under the direction of Joy Vandervort-Cobb, recently brought their version of Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West to Emmett Robinson Theater.  The play, which follows a group of African American women as they journey into the unknown of the American west, completed its run on October 9.  Click here to read Charleston City Paper‘s review of the production.   

Spielberg’s Lincoln

Steven Spielberg’s take on the life of Abraham Lincoln hits theaters November 16.  Smithsonian Magazine‘s review of the film, along with an interview with Spielberg, can be found here.

We invited interested parties to send us their responses to the new Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln.

SC State University Set to Reveal Largest African Art Exhibition in the State of South Carolina

SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium will exhibit its major collection of African Art in a show entitled Africa Revisited: The Art of Power and Identity from October 26, 2012 through the end of August 2013. The opening event and reception will take place on Friday, October 26 during SC State’s 2012 Homecoming Weekend. At 7 p.m., the opening ceremony will begin, but audiences will not want to miss the African Market starting at 5 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception, including African cuisine and music are free and open to the public.

This will be the first exhibition of the Stanback’s African collections and a significant exhibition for SC State University, the state of South Carolina and the nation. An important element in the strategic plan of the Stanback is the development of a permanent African gallery through the expansion of the present facility.

The opening exhibition reception will also honor the SC State Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, who will be present to meet the public. African attire is encouraged at the opening reception. The Stanback Student Friends new musical ensemble will provide African music and African dance will be performed by Ujima.

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is a collaborative partner with Penn Center’s 150th Anniversary and the 2013 Jubilee Project: Free at Last? and is a member of the Association of African American Museums.

For additional information about Africa Revisited: The Art of Power and Identity or to schedule weekend visits contact Ellen Zisholtz, director of The Stanback, at (803)536-7174/(803)928-6861; or Ingrid Owens, program manager of The Stanback, at (803)536-8329/(704)649-6604 or visit