Tourism conference will highlight African-American history, heritage in SC | Business


Though some may pass by Mosquito Beach without a second thought, the strip of marshland on James Island ― once one of the only waterfront spots in the area where black families were welcome ― could become a destination.

That’s something that Michael Allen, a retiree of the National Park Service and a spokesperson for the sixth annual African-American Tourism Conference, hopes people in the visitor industry can embrace.

“Today people may drive past it on their way to Folly Beach and not know,” Allen said. “But these enclaves, these sanctuary areas ― they gave African Americans a peaceful place to gather in the middle of the Jim Crow experience.”

The conference will be held Saturday at…

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