Will Williams, a Neighborhood Services Intern for the City of Myrtle Beach, spoke with the Rotary Club of Little River about the Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum & Education Center located in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Myrtle Beach Colored School served African-American students in the Myrtle Beach area for more than 20 years. Now, a Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Center provides a window on that past, as well as a door to the future for all. Thanks to leadership from the City of Myrtle Beach, vision from former students and a partnership among public and private entities, the old school has been preserved in spirit and recreated in fact and continues to fulfill an educational mission.
As Neighborhood Services Intern, Will oversees the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum & Education Center and ensures the execution of the museum’s mission to share history while igniting a hope for the collective future. Will is also a local artist. His oil paintings and mixed media work is rooted in the surroundings he became accustomed to by living along the coast of South Carolina. These scenic landscapes stirred him to create artwork that juxtapose the beauty and charm of the South with the often-harsh reality of what occurred on the very land. He uses this artwork as a platform for activism, working to educate people on the importance of local African American history. Will is a native of Little river, SC.
More information about the center and information about tours can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/historicmbcoloredschoolmuseum
Pictured are Will Williams and President Paula Yanis.