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April 16, 2014

Black history on display year round in Myrtle Beach

Black history in America is something that should be discussed and studied more than just one month a year, according to Fannie Brown, co-founder of the Grand Strand Cultural Arts Foundation.

Black history in America is something that should be discussed and studied more than just one month a year, according to Fannie Brown, co-founder of the Grand Strand Cultural Arts Foundation.

Now the city’s Black History Month Museum will be on display year round at the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Center. The foundation, which was founded in February and is housed in the colored school, works with the children of low-income families to help expose them to the arts.

Previously, the Black History Museum was displayed at the Canal Street Recreation Center throughout February. This year, instead of packing it up into storage at the end of February, city staff moved the display to the Colored School.

“I thought [the exhibit] was so beautiful and we needed a place for black history year round,” Brown said. “There was space at the Colored School and instead of packing it up each year … those who are coming to see the history of the colored school can see all of the black history that a lot of folks don’t know about.”

The museum is a collection of American black history, though Brown said she’s working to make the exhibit have a local focus in the future.

“There’s no place telling the role that we played in the making of Myrtle Beach,” she said, adding that she hopes to create a portrait gallery of some of the area’s first black teachers, nurses and other accomplished residents. “The younger generations don’t know our history.”

The exhibit can be viewed from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. For more information about the Colored School, call 918-1050.

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