Funds raised from the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach’s annual Bravo Broadway concert were instrumental in the production of the documentary, “Charlie’s Place,” earning it both an Emmy and a place in history.
During the 45th annual awards celebration, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences southeast chapter presented South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) an Emmy for “Charlie’s Place.” As part of the network’s “Carolina Stories” series, “Charlie’s Place” tells the story of an African American nightclub in Myrtle Beach during segregation. A significant stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit, Charlie’s Place welcomed white patrons and survived an attack by the Ku Klux Klan in 1950. The club closed in 1965, but it remains an important example of racial diversity and black entrepreneurship and a symbol of hope for the city of Myrtle Beach.
“We’re honored to play a role in such a significant documentary,” said Don Hovis, President of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach. “Since the inception of our annual Bravo Broadway concert 11 years ago, we have raised over $250,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales. We are proud to say that this money has gone back into the Myrtle Beach community to promote endeavors such as this,” Hovis concluded.
Efforts are underway to remake Charlie’s Place into a community center and museum.
Photo: Herbert Riley, a Myrtle Beach civic leader and member of the Carver Street Committee, visits the site where Charlie’s Place once stood. Credit: SCETV