Morehead City, North Carolina was the location of the Edgewater Hotel, built in 1950 in the northwest section of town known as "Colored Town". This hotel, like the few others scattered throughout the coast, served the black traveler in the mid-twentieth century who was not welcome at the white hotels. In the first part of the twentieth century, the black population of Morehead City was only about one-sixth of the total population. Most individuals were employed in the fishing industries or as employees of the white resort hotels as porters, cooks, maids and laundresses. The black population was boosted in the summer months when white visitors to the resort community brought their maids and butlers with them, none of whom were able to attend any of the local white venues. There was a definite need for a recreational venue for the black community, and the Edgewater Hotel, built by Harkless Wooten, a local black man, filled the void remaining in operation until 1979. In contrast to the grand resort hotels of the white community that had been built into the early years of the twentieth century, the Edgewater Hotel was located in a simple frame building with a kitchen, dining room, lounge, pool hall, patio, and pier. Charter fishing boats took visitors on excursions nearby. Entertainers who performed there included Joe Lewis and Sam Cooke.
Amazing! A trailblazer in my family. Thank you Mr. Harkless Wooten.
Another interesting note I would like to bring up. I posted this image in one of my earlier posts but now I can show you where the Edgewater Hotel is.
The Edgewater is the area highlighted in pink in square C. Looks like this neighborhood continues to get more and more interesting.
Image of The Edgewater Motel courtesy of Google Earth