Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Charlie and Sarah Fitzgerald opened Charlie's Place as a supper club in 1937. It was a stop on the "Chitlin' Circuit," nightclubs where black entertainers such as Billie Holiday, the Mills Brothers, Little Richard, Ruth Brown, Otis Redding, and the Drifters performed during the era of racial segregation. While the club is gone, the Fitzgerald Motel, built in 1948, remains. The motel served black entertainers and travelers who could not stay in whites-only hotels.
Oral tradition holds that "the Shag," a form of southern swing dancing, originated here. Both white and black customers gathered here to listen to music and dance. In 1950 the Ku Klux Klan led a parade through "The Hill," the African American neighborhood where Charlie's Place was located. The Klan returned later and shots were fired into the club, injuring many. Charlie was severely beaten but survived. Some Klansmen were charged, but no one was prosecuted.
Erected 2018 by The Horry County Board of Architectural review and Historic Preservation. (Marker Number 26 30.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 33° 42.273′ N, 78° 52.637′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is on Carver Street 0.1 miles west of 21st Avenue North, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1502 Carver St, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Myrtle Beach Colored School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Morris Island Lighthouse (approx. ¾ mile away); Justin W. Plyler Boardwalk Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Site Of The Seaside Hotel (approx. ¾ mile away); Grand Strand (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hurricane Hugo (approx. 0.8 miles away); Nance Plaza (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hurricane Hazel (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Also see . . . CHARLIE'S PLACE Myrtle Beach. (Submitted on November 25, 2020, by Charles Wright of Surfside Beach, South Carolina.)
— Submitted November 25, 2020, by Charles Wright of Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
Additional keywords. Chittlin Circuit, Green Book, The Shag, Charlie Fitzgerald, Sarah Fitzgerald, Acts of Terrorism, the KKK
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2020, by Charles Wright of Surfside Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 25, 2020, by Charles Wright of Surfside Beach, South Carolina. 7. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Charles Wright of Surfside Beach, South Carolina. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.