- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - About $490,800 has been earmarked to restore a South Carolina hotel that was one of the few places black people could relax by the shore during the civil rights-era.

News outlets report the National Park Service on Monday announced the African American Civil Rights grant to help restore the Mosquito Beach hotel. Historic Charleston Foundation President and CEO Winslow Hastie says he’s thrilled the project got the total amount of funds requested.

He says Mosquito Beach is one of five “black beaches” in the county, but the only one that remains virtually intact. He says the grant will allow the foundation to make the hotel into an educational and entrepreneurial site for the black community.

The hotel closed as segregation began to fade and has survived several hurricanes.

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