Penn Center opens the “Birthing a Community: Fairfield County Midwives” exhibit on Sunday. The exhibit is shown in partnership with the Fairfield County Museum. The exhibit will run March 15th to April 25th in the York W. Bailey Museum.
According to Rosalyn Browne, this is the first exhibition on the history of midwifery and the Penn School Midwives Training School. The Midwives School was certified by the state of South Carolina. From the early 1920's, midwives from Penn School provided prenatal care and birthing assistance for hundreds of women and children.
“Birthing a Community” is about the history of midwifery in Fairfield and Beaufort Counties from slavery to the twentieth century. On display are unusual tools of the trade, such as a birthing chair dating back to the 1800’s, historical photographs of midwives in training at Benedict College and Penn School, herbal remedies used in childbirth, and medical items.
The exhibition will open on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and lecture by the curator of the exhibit, Michaela Pilar Brown from the Fairfield County Museum. A Community Sing program will follow in the Frissell Community House during which Rebecca Jackson, the last of a generation of midwives still living today on St. Helena Island, SC., will receive the Agnes Sherman Award.
For ticket prices and additional information, please contact Rosalyn Browne, Director of History and Culture, Penn Center at (843) 838-2474.