Documentary Shows Myrtle Beach’s Charlie’s Place Before Desegregation

By Ashley Gooden, WPDE

About 100 people headed to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Tuesday to learn more about Charlie’s Place. They got to see a screening of the documentary Charlie’s Place that shows the club’s history and what it was like before the barriers of segregation fell.

Charlie’s Place was a club and hotel on Carver Street, in the 1930s. It was a place in the black community that brought people of all colors together to have a good time. It catered to an African American audience and attracted big names in the music industry like Etta James, Ottis Redding and many more.

Myrtle Beach city leaders bought the property and got the grants to restore the remaining original buildings. Carver Street is home to the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, which aims in part to raise awareness about the historical importance of Charlie’s Place.

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