Historical marker to be unveiled in Hartsville

The Hough Hotel in the 1940s. On May 24, the S.C. African-American Heritage Commission will unveil a historical marker at the site. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The South Carolina African-American Heritage Commission will unveil an historical marker at the Hough Hotel, 315 Jasper Avenue, Hartsville, on May 24 at 11 a.m. The Hough Hotel was built in 1946 by Frank Hough and served the African-American community as a restaurant, hotel, grocery store and nightclub until it closed in 1989. It was then converted and served as low-income housing for around 20 years. The African-American Heritage Commission received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to erect 20 historical markers in rural communities across the state. The Hough Hotel marker is the first to be installed. The commission was created in 1993 by the General Assembly for the identification and promotion of the preservation of African-American historic sites, structures buildings culture of the African-American experience in South Carolina and to enhance the efforts of the state Department of Archives and History. For more about the commission call Jannie Harriot at 843-332-3589 or visit https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation/resources/african-american-heritage/south-carolina-african-american-heritage.

Author: Rachel Howell

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