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Myrtle Beach unveiled recent improvements to the Oak Street Cemetery on Sunday, October 8. The Neighborhood Services Department welcomed new signage, benches, landscaping and fencing and thanked the cemetery staff for the upgrades. The historic African American cemetery has nearly 250 graves, dating from the early 1900s to the present. It’s just off Oak Street, behind the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War are buried there. Families still visit their loved ones’ resting place in the Oak Street Cemetery. The city acquired the land in 1992 as part of the Convention Center expansion and has conducted research to identify the grave sites and their occupants. For the first time ever, a sign facing the Convention Center now identifies the property for passers-by. This was part of Sunday’s Beachside Chat, which also included an appearance and talk by Eleanora Tate, a former Myrtle Beach resident who wrote The Secret of Gumbo Grove while here. Her book is set in a beachside town and cemetery very like Myrtle Beach and the Oak Street Cemetery.
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