In the African American Carver Street neighborhood of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, music at Charlie’s Place brought people together during Segregation. The owner, Charlie Fitzgerald, welcomed White and African American customers alike. Famous artists such as Cab Calloway, Fats Domino, Lena Horne, and Little Richard regularly performed there. Unfortunately, on one summer evening in 1950, tragedy struck when the Ku Klux Klan attacked the club, and Charlie Fitzgerald was beaten in the process.
This is the story of Charlie’s Place.