Part of beach motel where black acts once stayed torn down

Associated Press

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A section of a South Carolina motel frequented by black entertainers during the days of segregation has been demolished although there are plans to create a museum in some of the remaining rooms on the Myrtle Beach property.

City spokesman Mark Kruea tells The Sun News of Myrtle Beach (http://bit.ly/2cSVWBL ) that the south side of the Fitzgerald Motel was demolished last week.

Black entertainers including Little Richard often stayed at the motel near an entertainment venue known as Charlie's Place. Other acts that played there included Billie Holiday and Marvin Gaye.

City Councilman Mike Chestnut says there are plans to restore some of the remaining motel rooms as a museum highlighting the musical history of Charlie's Place, which has long since been demolished.

There are also plans to create spaces for small businesses.

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Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/