Riverside Beach historic marker installed by the Town of Mount Pleasant, photo courtesy of the Preservation Society of Charleston.
In 1930, the waterside pavilion of Riverside Beach opened as the first Black beach in the greater Charleston area when African Americans were excluded from the Lowcountry’s most popular, white-only beaches. Located in Scanlonville, an African American settlement community in Mt. Pleasant, Riverside Beach served as a popular recreational center for Black Charlestonians through the 1970s and offered free admission to a range of amenities including a dance pavilion, baseball games, boardwalks, concession stands, and live music. Riverside Beach notably hosted legendary musicians like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, B.B. King, Ivory Joe Hunter, and Count Basie, among others. Today, however, the only remnants of this once thriving venue are an historical marker and a public boat landing.
More information on Riverside Beach coming soon.