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Atlantic Beach’s Black Pearl Cultural Arts Festival call for arts and crafts

blackpearlogoArts and craft vendors are invited to participate in the Black Pearl Cultural Arts Festival taking place Nov. 25-27 in the town of Atlantic Beach. Priority is given to South Carolina arts and crafters who make their own wares, followed by out-of-state arts and crafters. Festival hours are Friday, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 7 p.m. Application and fee of $50 per booth are due by Nov. 1. Find complete submission rules and the application online. About Atlantic Beach Nicknamed "The Black Pearl," Atlantic Beach was formed by predominantly Gullah Geechee people, descendants of slaves who lived for 300 years on the Sea Islands from Wilmington, N.C. to Jacksonville, Fla. In the early 1930s, defying Jim Crow laws in the segregated South, debunking black stereotypes, and broadening the enterprises of the Gullah Geechee, black men and women opened hotels, restaurants, night clubs, and novelty shops in Atlantic Beach. Nestled between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach remains the only Black-owned beach in the nation.