Robert Smalls at Penn Center

Penn Center is hosting a celebration of the life and legacy of Robert Smalls, February 8 - March 6th in honor of Black History Month.

On display at Penn Center are family photographs, a Civil War uniform from the 54th Massachusetts (USCT), a model of the SS Planter, and daily film screenings of the documentary Congressman Robert Smalls. The month long celebration concludes with a lecture "Robert Smalls and the SS Planter" by Dennis Cannady on March 6th at 10:00 AM in the York W. Bailey Museum.

Contact Penn Center at 843-838-2474 or email for ticket prices and schedule.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.