Civil rights exhibit, tribute will be at Penn Center

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Celebrate The Civil Rights Movement with “Civil Rights Through The Lens of Cecil Williams” exhibit at Penn Center’s York W. Bailey Museum, located at 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island, through February 28.

Mr. Williams, a native of Orangeburg, is most well known as the chronicler of the civil rights era.  His historic photographs are considered the most comprehensive collection of the civil rights era and have been featured in 135 books, 31 newspapers, and 22 television documentaries.

He began taking documentary photographs of his community after he acquired a hand-me-down camera when he was 9 years old. By 15, he was working professionally as a freelancer for Jet, the Afro-American, the Pittsburgh Courier, and the The Associated Press.

Schools will also participate in The Civil Rights Movement at Penn Center through Youth Day Program on Thursday, February 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per student; all schools should contact Penn Center’s History and Culture Program.

Also on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Natalie Daise will perform a soulful tribute to the Civil Rights Movement at Penn Center’s Darrah Hall.

“Miss Natalie” is recognizable from “Gullah Gullah Island” on Nick, Jr., the mother who liked to sing and smile.

Tickets are $25 for adult, $10 for student and include museum entry and light refreshments.

For  more information, contact Penn Center 843-838-2432.

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