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Ocean City in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Henry Hotel

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 10, 2019
1. The Henry Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Henry's Hotel survives as one of a few 19th-century structures in downtown Ocean City. Built around 1895, the hotel and lot were acquired by Charles T. and Louisa Henry in December 1926. Previously known as "Henry's Colored Hotel," the enterprise was a full service facility catering to visiting African-American tourists and entertainers. Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Willie Harmon are among the numerous entertainers who performed at the nearby Pier Ballroom, but stayed here during years of strict segregation among the boardwalk hotels. The beach was restricted as well during the early to mid 20th century. Reserved periods, known as "Colored Excursion Days," were limited to weeks after the main summer season had passed. In 1942, Charles T. Henry died, and his wife Louisa continued to operate until 1951 when it passed on to their son, Charles Wesley Henry. The hotel remains under African-American ownership.
 
Erected by The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore; Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences, Inc.; Maryland Historical Trust; France-Merrick Foundation; Maryland Heritage Areas
The Henry Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 10, 2019
2. The Henry Hotel Marker
Authority; Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council and the Rural Development Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities marker series.
 
Location. 38° 19.632′ N, 75° 5.313′ W. Marker is in Ocean City, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is at the intersection of South Baltimore Avenue and South Division Street, on the left when traveling north on South Baltimore Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 705 South Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City MD 21842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Train Depot (a few steps from this marker); Ocean City (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boardwalk Construction 2000 (about 500 feet away); Treasures From The Past (about 600 feet away); British Manufactured Cannon (about 600 feet away); "The White Marlin Capital of the World" (about 600 feet away); Anchor from the Sailboat Wreck (about 600 feet away); Largest Fish (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocean City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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