Q. Were there any Black owned hotels in Charleston, SC?
Yes, there were a few Black-owned/operated hotels in the city including
- Jehu Jones
- Saint James Hotel
- Hametic Hotel
- Esau Jenkins Shop and Hotel
- Other Accommodation Options
Saint James Hotel
More information about the hotel can be found in this article (attached) Smyth, William D. "Segregation in Charleston in the 1950s: A Decade of Transition." The South Carolina Historical Magazine 92, no. 2 (1991): 99-123. Accessed July 31, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/27568213.
Resources at the Avery Research Center
- Vertical File: James Hotel
Archival Resources at the Avery Research Center
- Photo within the Avery Photograph Collection
- A Gullah Guide to Charleston by Alphonso Brown, which has an image and background information on the hotel, on page 132.
- Black Imagination and the Middle Passage
Esau Jenkins Shop and Hotel
- Image of Hotel: http://lcdl.library.cofc.edu/lcdl/catalog/lcdl:100265
Other Accommodation Options
If particularly prominent African Americans visited Charleston, they often stayed in people’s homes, such as noted in this article about Booker T. Washington's visit to Charleston and how stayed at the home of Dr. William Crum, who was graduate of the Avery Normal Institute. Find out more about this experience by see the attached document
Citation: Jackson, David H. "Booker T. Washington in South Carolina, March 1909." The South Carolina Historical Magazine 113, no. 3 (2012): 192-220. Accessed July 31, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/41698114.
Additional Resources about Southern Culture/Tourism/Recreation
Jackson, Harvey H. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Volume 16, Sports and Recreation . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. https://pascal-cofc.library.cofc.edu/permalink/01PASCAL_COFC/bkrgbh/alma9911252967805611 (you will access to EBSCO ebooks provided either via CofC credentials or another institution)