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In the days before integration, a six-room, wood-framed school served our African-American youth locally. The Myrtle Beach Colored School, as it was known then, opened in 1932 with three teachers and more than 100 students in grades one through seven. The school existed through 1953, reaching a peak of eight teachers and more than 200 students. When the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Center was created in the early 2000s, former students were adamant that the original name be kept, rather than updating it. They also insisted that the school retain its educational function, providing space for today’s children and a museum to that bygone era. One of the rooms is filled with an exhibit created by Docshee Moore, a city staff member, showing contributions in science, health, art, literature, politics, music, sports and more by African-Americans. The museum is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For information about the community effort to re-create the school, visit the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School and Education Center webpage.
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