"Charlie's Place" Film Screening and Discussion
John’s Island Regional Library - Betsy Newman, producer of the film hosts a screening and discussion of the Emmy award-winning documentary "Charlie's Place." During segregation, the Myrtle Beach area was a popular destination for Gullah Geechee people. Many famous black musicians played the white clubs in Myrtle Beach but couldn't stay at the white hotels. After hours, Charlie Fitzgerald welcomed them to his club, Charlie's Place, and his motel, the Whispering Pines. He also opened his doors to white patrons, and in 1950 Charlie's Place was attacked by the Ku Klux Klan. Today, Charlie's Place is the focus of the revitalization of the historic black Carver Street community. This screening is shown through the courtesy of South Carolina ETV. This program is sponsored by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.