Black History Month 2019

Atlantic Beach SC is "The Black Pearl"

Ken Pauli
February 10, 2019 - 4:00 am
Atlantic Beach SC

South Carolina African American Heritage Commission

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Our series for Black History Month continues with another location to visit in South Carolina.  It's called “The Black Pearl.”

The town of Atlantic Beach near North Myrtle Beach got the nickname, “The Black Pearl” because it’s one of the few black-owned and governed oceanfront communities in the United States. It was established around 1934 by descendants of slaves and became a destination for blacks who were denied access to other area beaches because of segregation laws. The area was one of the most popular beach resorts on the East Coast for African Americans from Virginia to Florida.

Defying Jim Crow laws in the segregated south, its hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, and pavilion were packed every May to September. As other area beaches began desegregating in the 1970s, fewer visitors came to Atlantic Beach.

Today, the community is recapturing its legacy in homecomings and special events. 

Learn more about "The Black Pearl."

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