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Charlie and Sarah Fitzgerald had a thriving business on Carver Street back in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s. Long gone is their nightclub known as Charlie’s Place, but the Fitzgeralds’ home and much of the adjacent motel they operated have been renovated and re-created. The Whispering Pines Motel hosted traveling African-Americans, including famous performers at Charlie’s Place, who weren’t allowed to stay elsewhere during the days of segregation. The city sought to preserve the rich musical history of that time and place. The re-created motel units feature screen doors and window air conditioners, as they would have 60-plus years ago. Some units have been decorated as a museum to that bygone era, while others will be available to modern tenants as business and community incubators. The outdoor site also serves as a venue for events and activities. For more about Charlie’s Place, see https://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/i_want_to/find/charlies_place.php.
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