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A Day at Penn School with Guest Speaker Michael Boulware Moore, 2nd Great Grandson of Robert Smalls

(St. Helena Island, SC) – The York W. Bailey Museum, at the historic Penn Center, will host a special event—A Day at Penn School on Saturday, October 12th.  A Day at Penn School will provide guests the opportunity to enjoy a guided walking tour of the Penn School National Historic Landmark District, an outdoor community vendor fair, the Penn Club fish fry fundraiser, and the opportunity to hear from special guest speaker, Michael Boulware Moore, the great-great-grandson of the Honorable Robert Smalls.

Michael Boulware Moore will share his thoughts on why history matters.  Mr. Moore states: “History is far more than an academic pursuit. It has critical contemporary meaning in the way that it frames current national perceptions and individual realities.”  Moore says, “this connectivity creates incredible pressure to ensure that the stories that we, as a nation, are telling our children – all of our children – put them in the best position to be successful.” Moore leverages his personal connection – as the great-great-grandson of Civil War hero and Reconstruction Congressman Robert Smalls – to illustrate his story.  Moore will also talk about the power that museums like the York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center and the forthcoming International African American Museum, can have on our collective future. In addition, Moore will also share how the Penn Center, a cultural epi-center and national historic site, is vital to our nation’s collective heritage. 

Michael Boulware Moore, the great-great grandson of Robert Smalls
Cope Industrial Shop built in 1912 and now serves as Penn Center’s York W. Bailey Museum
Rev. Johhnie Simmons
Jery Bennett Taylor

    Mr. Moore is the Founding President and CEO of the International African American Museum in Charleston, SC. Located on the spot where almost half of all enslaved Africans brought to America took their first steps, the museum is scheduled to open in 2021 and will be an innovative, informative, and emotionally powerful experience for all. Moore led efforts to raise over $100 Million in capital funds, the curation, and design of the museum experience, the architecture, and landscape design, the hiring of a world-class leadership team, as well as the creation of national and international awareness of the museum. 

    A Day at Penn School will kick off at 9:00 a.m., with a self-guided tour of the York W. Bailey Museum’s Education for Freedom exhibition, viewing of Penn’s documentary film, special viewing of Penn Center’s Sam Doyle art collection, and a guided walking tour of the 50-acre Penn School National Historic Landmark District led by Victoria A. Smalls, Director of History and Culture.  The day will include an outdoor community vendor fair, with farmers, craft makers, and artists like, Gullah Wood-burning artist Rev. Johnnie Simmons and Gullah Sweetgrass Sewer Jery Bennett-Taylor. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., the museum will host special guest speaker, Michael Boulware Moore, with lunch to follow at 12:00 p.m. The Penn Club is sponsoring their local favorite fish fry, as a fundraiser for Penn Center. 

    For more information on  A Day at Penn School, museum admission, guided walking tour fee, and vendor fair, please contact Penn Center’s History and Culture department by calling (843) 838-8554 or by emailing [email protected].

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    Michael Bailey

    Michael is the founder and serves as the Chief-Curator of Information for The Minority Eye, South Carolina’s largest minority-owned media outlet. As the leader of the editorial staff, he works as a multimedia journalist, telling the often-overlooked stories of minority communities from across the state and throughout the region. He specializes in producing news stories and personal profiles that share and expound on cultural, social, economic and political experiences of minorities living in South Carolina and beyond. His extensive media, business, and political background have made him a well-respected voice and an often sought-after commentator on issues that impact people of color.

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