MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Center hosted a postponed Black History Month event Friday and plans to hold a Juneteenth celebration Saturday.
The Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School honored four “unsung heroes” Friday at the Mary C. Canty Recreation Center on Canal Street.
The event was scheduled for Black History Month in February but was postponed due to COVID-19.
“Our honorees tonight are those who contributed to the wellbeing, the growth of the city, of individual neighborhoods to make myrtle beach a special place,” said Cookie Goings, Director of Neighborhood Services.
This year’s honorees were Janet Morgan, Docshee Moore, Thomas Leath, and Betty Richardson.
Richardson retired with the Myrtle Beach Police Department. She said it feels very special to be honored with Juneteenth Saturday and with it becoming a National holiday yesterday.
“There’s a lot of people that worked a lot of years for this and to have it come to light now is just, I never thought I’d be in this kind of history and I’m just elated to be apart of the history of this,” Betty Poole Richardson said.
President Biden signed a bill Thursday that makes Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. That was also about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the Southern states.
“Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom from slavery, for African American people, 1865 and so here we are all these years later finally becoming a national holiday but it encourages us to have hope,” Goings said.
Goings said hope is her key word. She said they still have work to do.
“The fact that we are honoring those who have contributed, regardless of race. But we are coming together and we got to move forward, again, but we have to do it together,” Goings said.
The Juneteenth event will be held Saturday at Charlie’s Place at 1420 Carver Street in Myrtle Beach. That event begins at 4 p.m and ends at 8 p.m.
For more information, visit the event page.