Atlantic Beach, South Carolina (Images of America Series)

Atlantic Beach, South Carolina (Images of America Series)

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by Sherry A. Suttles, Atlantic Beach Historical Society
     
 


Atlantic Beach, once a mecca for African American vacationers in Myrtle Beach and other East Coast communities during segregation, remains one of a few African American-owned and governed oceanfront resorts in North America. In 1934, George W. Tyson and his wife, Roxie Ballen Tyson, began purchasing and developing land in the area. The Atlantic Beach Company,…  See more details below

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Atlantic Beach, once a mecca for African American vacationers in Myrtle Beach and other East Coast communities during segregation, remains one of a few African American-owned and governed oceanfront resorts in North America. In 1934, George W. Tyson and his wife, Roxie Ballen Tyson, began purchasing and developing land in the area. The Atlantic Beach Company, which was comprised of doctors from North Carolina and South Carolina, continued this process from 1943 until 1956, and the tiny safe haven fondly became known as the "Black Pearl of the Grand Strand." Visitors came by the busload for the fishing, swimming, R&B beach music, and popular dancing among African Americans that later became known as the shag. Thousands of tourists continue to flock to the area on their motorcycles each year for the popular Memorial Day weekend BikeFest.

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Title: 'Atlantic Beach', the book published

Author: Graeme Moore

Publisher: ABC 15 Carolina Live News

Date: 6/16/09

Nearly 80 years of Atlantic Beach history has been put in black and white in a brand-new book.

The latest installment of the "Images of America" series spotlights Atlantic Beach and was written by Sherry Suttles and the Atlantic Beach Historical Society.

One of the original all-black beaches in America caught the attention of the book's author -- a woman not even from the area.

"It was just a miracle to me that there was a little piece of earth that Black folk owned, paid for and bought, and had done so 75 years ago. And there was nothing else written about it that I knew of," said the author of the book Sherry Suttles.

Suttles will hold a book signing this Saturday from 1pm - 3pm at the Books-a-Million at Myrtle Beach Mall near North Myrtle Beach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738568201
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
939,917
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Author Sherry A. Suttles is the founding president and historian of the Atlantic Beach Historical Society, which was incorporated in 2001. Images of America: Atlantic Beach includes more than 200 photographs she acquired with the help of Atlantic Beach residents and their families.

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Atlantic Beach, South Carolina (Images of America Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
31111 More than 1 year ago
Great Book with Great Photos that really Depict the Black Experience and history of Atlantic Beach, SC a city near Myrtle Beach. PS Please by the book and enjoy it . Because my Mom's the Author, Kamau Suttles