Obama Declares Reconstruction Era School For Freed Slaves a National Monument

NBC News

January 16, 2017


Growing up the in the Sea Islands of South Carolina, Gardenia Simmons-White didn't see herself in the history books. She was living it. She grew up during the period of Reconstruction and graduated from Penn School in 1952. The 82-year-old is one of the last surviving graduates of a historic institution known for educating freed Gullah slaves after plantation owners left the islands.
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