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The Reconstruction Era National Monument

St. Helena Island, SC—Penn Center, Inc., On behalf of the Penn Center Board of Trustees, would like to express great appreciation to President Barack Obama, for making history today and naming Penn Center and other historic sites of significance in Beaufort County a Reconstruction Era National Monument.

This day would not have been possible without the early efforts Congressman James E. Clyburn, Congressman Mark Sanford, National Park Service Retired Director Jonathan Jarvis, National Park Service Staff, and the historians Kate Masur and Greg Downs, who tied all of the nation’s collective histories together to bring much needed attention to the Reconstruction Era. The Penn Center Board of Trustees, Advisory Board and Staff worked tirelessly to make this all a reality.