Spring 2023 Culture & Community Public Conversation scheduled for April 22




A Public Conversation


Saturday, April 22, 2023

3 pm: Conversation

5 pm: Book signing and community dinner

Frissell Community House, Penn Center, St. Helena, SC

Land and community are at the heart of Penn Center’s history and mission. This Penn Center conversation will share contemporary perspectives on what they mean today.



Welcome by Bernie Wright, Interim Executive Director, Penn Center

Introductory and closing remarks by Dr. Emory Campbell, Executive Director, Penn Center, 1980-2002

Moderated by Dr. Valerie Babb, Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


Marquetta Goodwine, Chair, Cultural Protection Overlay Review Committee; St. Helena, SC

Faith Rivers James, J.D., Executive Director, Coastal Conservation League, Charleston, SC

Ben Cunningham, Senior Managing Attorney, South Carolina Environmental Law Project, Pawley’s Island, SC

Jack Smith, Nelson Mullins Law Firm, Charleston, SC

Dr. Margaret WashingtonMarie Underhill Noll Professor of American History, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Further reading:

Peculiar People, Margaret Washington

Gullah Legacies, Emory Campbell

Before the Bridge, Thomas Barnwell, Carolyn Grant, and Emory Campbell

When Roots Die, Patricia Jackson

A Wholly Admirable Thing, Virginia and Dana Beach

These books will be available for sale and signing after the conversation.


Artwork by Amiri Farris, 2023 Penn Center artist in residence