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Sherry A. Suttles (1948-), an
African-American, was a former government administrator, entrepreneur, and historian
who established the Atlantic Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic Beach
Historical Society (ABHS, 2001) in Horry County, South Carolina. Established in the
1930s, Atlantic Beach became a vacation mecca for African-Americans during
segregation. The Atlantic Beach Company, comprised of physicians from North Carolina
and South Carolina, expanded development from 1943 until 1956. Known as "The Black
Pearl," vacationers traveled by the busload for the fishing, swimming, Rhythm &
Blues beach music and dancing. The Town of Atlantic Beach was chartered in 1966 with
Emery Gore and Millard Rucker as its initial mayors, is one of the few
African-American owned and governed oceanfront communities in the United States.
Thousand of tourists continue to flock to Atlantic Beach for the nationally
recognized African-American motorcycle event, BikeFest (also known as Black Bikers
Week) held annually during the Memorial Day weekend.
The collection documents Suttles' personal and
professional life along with her consulting and grant writing business, Suttles
Management Associates, Inc. (SMA, Inc.). The majority of the collection holds
documents, visual and audio recordings relating to the establishment, organization
and functions of the Atlantic Beach Historical Society, Inc. Also, included are
recorded histories ("The Colored Wall Oral History Project") from former and present
residents of Atlantic Beach. This compilation was expanded into a public exhibit,
"The Black Pearl: A Celebration of the Times and Lives of Atlantic Beach, South
Carolina," highlighting the historical significance of the town. Of note is Suttles'
extensive research and manuscript for the published book, "Images of America:
Atlantic Beach (2009). The second half of the collection focuses on The Town of
Atlantic Beach as it relates to it's administration. Also, included are materials
pertaining to BikeFest and Suttles' ABHS sponsored programs during this annual
Sherry A. Suttles Collection of Atlantic
Beach, South Carolina
3. Suttles, Sherry A. and The Atlantic Beach Historical Society.
Images of America: Atlantic Beach. Charleston (SC):
Arcadia Publishing, 2009.
Sherry A. Suttles (1948-) was born in Chicago, Illinois to Ann E. and Nathaniel
Suttles. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Suttles attended Barnard College, (Columbia
University, New York) majoring in government. She obtained a Master's degree in
Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1971. With extensive
experience in town and city management, Suttles became the first African-American
female city manager in Oberlin, Ohio (1979-1981). In 1982, Suttles worked as a
Government Relations Director with the United Way in Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout the
1980s and 1990s, several city management positions would follow in Charlotte and
Greensboro, North Carolina and Lawrence Township, New Jersey. During Suttles tenure
in Charlotte, she established a grant writing consultant company; Suttles Management
Associates, Incorporated (SMA, Inc.). After a bout with breast cancer, Suttles
retired from local government management in 1998.
Suttles utilized her governmental skills to launch major historical initiatives
throughout the state of South Carolina, namely in the Town of Atlantic Beach. In
2000, Suttles was recruited to apply for the Atlantic Beach town manager position.
Upon discovering the history of the oceanfront community, Suttles instead joined
efforts with Jim Goodman on the community based Restore Historic Atlantic Beach
(ReHAB). Fulfilling a need, Suttles established the Atlantic Beach Chamber of
Commerce to assist in lobbying for the town's tourism and business interests.
Concurrently, Suttles created her flagship organization, The Atlantic Beach
Historical Society, Inc. Suttles eventually ran and was elected to the Atlantic
Beach Town Council in 2003, but due to purported alleged voter fraud, she was
officially seated in 2005.
The Atlantic Beach Historical Society, Inc. (ABHS), a 501 (c)3 citizen-based
organization was established in June 2001 to counter the Town of Atlantic Beach's
neglect in establishing a historical preservation and cultural committee. As
founding president, Sherry Suttles and the ABHS sought "To preserve the history of
the Coastal Carolina African American Heritage through oral histories and
memorabilia, year-round family events, and personal and real property." Through the
ABHS's numerous accomplishments Suttles obtained a historical marker for Atlantic
Beach, and published the book, "Images of America: Atlantic Beach."
Fondly referred to as "The Black Pearl," Atlantic Beach was initially developed in
1934 by George W. and Roxie Ballen Tyson as an oceanfront community for
African-Americans denied access to surrounding Myrtle Beach area beaches due to
segregation. A decade later (1943) the co-founders of the Atlantic Beach Company;
James Ward Seabrook, Ph.D, Robert Keith Gordon, and Dr. Peter C. Kelly, III
purchased additional tracts for development. From the 1930s to the 1970s, "The Black
Pearl" was one of the most popular beach resorts on the East Coast for
African-Americans. Black tourists populated the available hotels, night clubs,
restaurants, retails stores, and pavilion every May to September. The Town of
Atlantic Beach incorporated on June 30, 1966. Prior to this date, Atlantic Beach had
no town government elected officials, mayor, or town council, nor any property
taxes, police, fire departments, or building inspectors. Yet the non-governed
community survived and thrived. In the 2000s, Atlantic Beach produced BikeFest, an
annual event that would bring the town national attention. Presently, Atlantic Beach
is signified as one of the remaining African-American owned and governed oceanfront
communities in the United States.
The collection contains materials gathered and produced by Sherry Suttles and other
entities during the 2000s. Included are brief materials relating to Suttles personal
and professional life. The bulk of the collection's materials are derived from the
establishment of several community based organizations within the Town of Atlantic
Beach, with the Atlantic Beach Historical Society being the largest. Numerous
records document the Town of Atlantic Beach administration, including the Offices of
the Mayor and Town Manager, along with materials from the Town Council. Also,
records and photographs document the history of BikeFest, the Town's major annual
event, (1999-2000). A smaller series contains general subject files as it relates to
Atlantic Beach, Horry County and surrounding South Carolina areas.
The collection is divided into four series:
1. Biographical Materials holds Suttles personal and professional documents;
biographical sketches, correspondence, legal documents, and photographs. Also,
included are materials pertaining to her business, Suttles Management Associates,
Inc. (SMS, Inc.). Of note is Suttles' consulting involvement with Freewoods
Foundation and Farm, a "living farm museum" based on agricultural practices of
African-Americans post-Civil War.
2. Atlantic Beach Organizations contains materials (administrative documents,
correspondence, grant proposals, financial statements, event flyers, newspaper
articles, exhibit text panels, and audio/visual materials) regarding organizations
originated solely or in part by Suttles to facilitate historic preservation and the
promotion of tourism in Atlantic Beach, including the organizations of Restore
Historic Atlantic Beach (ReHAB), the Atlantic Beach Chamber of Commerce and mainly,
the Atlantic Beach Historical Society, Inc. (ABHS), in which Suttles was founder and
president. Several aspects of note includes Suttles' initiatives, "The Colored Wall
Oral History Project," and the subsequent exhibit, "The Black Pearl: A Celebration
of the Times and Lives of Atlantic Beach, South Carolina." In addition to recordings
of the orals histories of former Atlantic Beach residents, this series holds the
text panels used in the exhibit. Of note are materials pertaining to the
establishment of a historical marker (2005) for Atlantic Beach. Among the numerous
events held in Atlantic Beach, the ABHS organized a 40th Anniversary six month
celebration commemorating the town's incorporation (1966). Highlights include
materials from a trip to American Beach, and remembrance of MaVynee Betsch, aka "The
Beach Lady." Betsch sought to preserve her families' beach community on Amelia
Island established in 1935, and was the inspiration for Suttles to preserve the
history of Atlantic Beach. Included in "Preserving Memories..." are original
documents pertaining to Atlantic Beach properties and businesses owned by Esau
Jenkins, a civil rights activist from Johns Island, South Carolina.
3. The Town of Atlantic Beach series comprises documents (administrative documents,
correspondence, statistical reports, meeting agendas and minutes, financial
statements, court documents, event flyers, and newspaper articles) regarding the
town government with sub-series on the Office of the Mayor (mainly Irene Armstrong);
the Town Manager (specifically Carolyn Montgomery); the Housing Authority of
Atlantic Beach; and Town Council featuring a section regarding the contentious
election involving Suttles and several other candidates. BikeFest, Atlantic Beach's
annual event is represented through organizational documents (correspondence,
memorandums, event programs, newspaper articles and photographs) from 1999-2006.
Suttles' ABHS partnered with the Town for several years featuring special events for
children and adults, namely Children's BikeFest (2002).
4. Subject Files includes mostly magazine and/or newspaper articles regarding various
topics relating directly/indirectly to Atlantic Beach and Suttles interests.
Tyson, George W., 1890-1967
Tyson, Roxie Ballen,
African American Beaches.
African American politics--Atlantic
Atlantic Beach Chamber of Commerce--South Carolina
Contains several sub-series: Personal Materials, Personal Correspondence,
Professional Materials, and Legal Documents holding biographical sketches;
documents pertaining to Suttle's business, Suttles Management Associates,
Incorporated (SMA, Inc.), correspondence, and photographs.
1.1 Personal Materials, 1998-2007 and undated.
Box 1 Folder 1
Biographical sketches and vita, 1998-2004, undated
Includes professional photographs of Suttles and her son Kamau, and
Box 1 Folder 2
Education, 2001, 2006-2007, undated
Contains materials regarding Suttles' tenure and as an alum at
Barnard College, New York.
Box 1 Folder 3
Art collection, 2005
Contains documents regarding the description of Suttles' African art
Box 1 Folder 4
Family photographs, undated
1.2 Personal Correspondence, 1996-2007.
Box 1 Folder 5
Letters sent by Suttles, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2007
Box 1 Folder 6
Letters to Suttles, 2001-2003, 2007
Box 1 Folder 7
Emails received and sent by Suttles, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007
Box 1 Folder 8
Handwritten notes, 2002, 2006, undated
1.3 Professional Materials, 1996-2007.
Documents pertaining to Suttles' freelance grant writing and strategic
planning company, Suttles Management Associates, Incorporated (SMA,
Includes business statement and deliverables; letters to clients, and
Box 1 Folder 10
SMA, Inc: Freewoods Foundation, 1996-2005
Contains documents pertaining to Suttles consultant work with
Freewoods Foundation. Includes materials regarding the establishment
and overview of Freewoods Farm; grant applicants w/proposals,
correspondence, newspaper articles.
Box 1 Folder 11
SMA, Inc.: Freewoods Farm, 2001-2007
Includes correspondence (letters and emails) promotional flyers,
event programs, pamphlets and newspaper articles regarding Suttles
involvement with the organization.
Box 1 Folder 12
Freewoods Farms: Photographs, c. 2001-2007
Mostly unidentifed photos of events and activities at Freewood.
Box 1 Folder 13
SMA, Inc.: Jenkins Orphanage, 2004-2007, undated
Includes correspondence and documents pertaining to the establishment
of a historical marker.
1.4 Legal Documents, 2004-2008.
Comprises police and court documents filed by Suttles regarding assaults
made against her.
Box 1 Folder 14
General police reports, 2004, 2007
Box 1 Folder 15
Suttles v. Woods, 2006
Documents and photographs regarding a assault and battery charge
against Suttles by Earlene Woods. Includes Suttles "recollection" of
event, court documents, correspondence, and emails.
Box 1 Folder 16
Suttles v. Woods, 2007
Documents pertaining to the continuation of legal case originating in
Box 1 Folder 17
Suttles v. Woods, 2008
Court documents and correspondence pertaining to the continuance of
Series 2: Atlantic Beach Organizations, 1929-2009.
Contains materials regarding organizations originated solely or in part by
Suttles to facilitate historic preservation and the promotion of tourism in
Atlantic Beach. Includes the organizations of Atlantic Beach Chamber of
Commerce; Restore Historic Atlantic Beach (ReHab); and mainly the Atlantic
Beach Historical Society, Inc. in which Suttles was founder and
2.1 Atlantic Beach Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), 2001-2007, undated.
Following the 2001 BikeFest, Suttles began the process of forming the
Atlantic Beach Chamber of Commerce to assist in lobbying for the town's
specific tourism and business interests. Each folder contains various
administration documents, correspondence, newsletters, newspaper
articles and financial statements.
Box 2 Folder 1
ABCC Origination and administrative papers, 2001
Includes the Atlantic Beach Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), Inc.
Constitution and By-Laws, South Carolina State Certificate of
Incorporation, correspondence and inventory of Atlantic Beach
Box 2 Folder 2
ABCC Gospel Reggae Festival and Special Events, 2001-2002
Contains promotional event flyers and tickets.
Box 2 Folder 3
Includes job position description and event flyers.
Box 2 Folder 4
Includes correspondence, newsletter, media list and promotional
materials regarding Memorial Day BikeFest. regarding BikeFest: also
review Box 16, Folders 5-6.
Box 2 Folder 5
Box 2 Folder 6
ABCC Financial statements, 2001-2007
Box 2 Folder 7
South Carolina Black Chamber of Commerce (SCBCC), 2001, undated
A precursor to the Atlantic Beach Historical Society, the nonprofit
Re-HAB charge was to assist in the renovation of historical structures
native to the Beach community. Includes administrative documents and
Box 2 Folder 8
Includes Constitution and By-Laws and documents pertaining to
non-profit status incorporation.
Box 2 Folder 9
ReHAB, 2001, 2007
Includes documents regarding the historic recognition of Hotel
Marshall, listing of board members and proposed work plan report.
Includes unidentified color photographs.
2.3 Atlantic Beach Community Organizations, 2002-2007.
Includes community-led citizen groups, "Atlantic Beach Concerned
Citizens," and "Atlantic Beach-Change!" (AB-C!). Suttles was
organizationally involved in the latter group.
Originated by Suttles, this nonprofit organization sought to preserve the
history of Atlantic Beach. This sub-series with sub-groups contains
incorporation and administrative documents, memorandums, correspondence
and emails, event flyers, newspaper articles, photographs and audio
2.4.1 ABHS: Administration, 2001-2008.
Box 2 Folder 12
ABHS: Constitution and By-Laws, 2001-2002
Includes board of directors list.
Box 2 Folder 13
ABHS: State and Federal Incorporation papers, 2001
Contains South Carolina State articles of incorporation and
certificate of existence documents (2001, 2007).
Box 2 Folder 14
ABHS: General administration papers, 2001
Includes notices of board meetings, newsletter and redevelopment
Box 2 Folder 15
ABHS: State and Federal Incorporation papers, 2002
Includes internal revenue service applications/forms.
Box 3 Folder 1
ABHS: General administration papers,
Includes drafts of "Letters to the Editor;" and media lists.
Box 3 Folder 2
ABHS: General administration papers,
Includes news releases and priority lists.
Box 3 Folder 3
ABHS: General administration papers, 2003
Contains memorandums regarding Bike Week; signed petition lists;
South Carolina State Trademark Registration for "Save Atlantic
Box 3 Folder 4
ABHS: General administration papers, 2004
Contains organizational description of mission and
accomplishments; and annual financial reports for charitable
Box 3 Folder 5
ABHS: General administration papers, 2005
Includes Suttles formal letter of resignation from ABHS; and IRS
Box 3 Folder 6
ABHS: General administration papers, 2006
Contains documents regarding the preparation for Atlantic Beach's
40th Anniversary celebration.
Box 3 Folder 7
ABHS: General administration papers, 2007
Contains new promotional brochure; correspondence w/emails
regarding the demolition of 15 vacant buildings; and AB property
ownership and location information. Also refer to folder "ABHS
Events: "SunFun: Preserving Memory" program 2007; Box Folder
Box 3 Folder 8
ABHS: General administration papers, 2008
Contains Suttles' correspondence with the IRS.
Box 3 Folder 9
ABHS: Financial Documents, 2002-2007
Mainly checking statements with deposit and withdrawal
Box 3 Folder 10
ABHS: Financial Documents, 2004-2005
Contains invoices and general receipts.
Box 3 Folder 11
ABHS: Demographics and Statistics, 2000, 2002, 2005 and undated
Includes AB community background description from the South
Carolina Department of Commerce.
Box 3 Folder 12
ABHS: Mailing Lists, 2001, 2003 and undated
Includes businesses and individual addresses.
Box 3 Folder 13
ABHS: Various documents, undated
2.4.2 ABHS: Events and Public Programs, 1968-2007.
Contains materials regarding the numerous ABHS sponsored community
events and projects highlighting pioneering individuals groups and
the historic significance of Atlantic Beach.
220.127.116.11 General Programs, 2001-2007.
Box 4 Folder 1
ABHS: Luegenia Walker Marshall Day, 2001
Contains documents and color photographs regarding the
commemorative event of owner and operator of Marshall's
Hotel, with joint proclamation and Marshall's funeral
Box 4 Folder 2
ABHS: Gore/Rucker Leadership Awards, 2001-2003
Contains documents regarding awards to Atlantic Beach's
history makers from 1996-1998, including greetings from
South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges.
Box 4 Folder 3
ABHS: "Remember the Pearl," booksigning, 2002
Contains email correspondence regarding image reproductions
and promotional flyers regarding Susan Hoffer McMillan's
book signing of "Myrtle Beach and Conway in Vintage
Postcards," and RSVP confirmation listing/notes of
Box 4 Folder 4
ABHS: Maids Day Celebration, 2002
Contains promotional documents regarding the commemoration of
former maids who worked on July 4th, and celebrated the
holiday on July 6th. Includes illustrated excerpts from
ABHS's coloring book and handwritten essays from
Box 4 Folder 5
ABHS: Historic Atlantic Beach Tour and
Includes "introduction" and script featuring historic
buildings native and locations native to the Beach
Box 4 Folder 6
ABHS: Labor Day Celebration, 2002
Includes Resolution from Horry County Council.
Box 4 Folder 7
ABHS: Coastal Carolinas International Heritage
Includes preliminary schedules and budgets; pre-registration
forms; performer contracts; promotional flyers; official
event programs, post-event debriefing memorandum and color
photographs of performers and event.
Box 4 Folder 8
ABHS: SunFun Festival-"Celebrate US!-Unity on the
Contains planning documents for event; grant application
package to the City of Myrtle Beach.
Contains materials relating to a series of special events,
spanning over several months in commemoration of the Beach's
Box 4 Folder 14
"A Child's Revue of Atlantic Beach", 2005-2006
Includes audition flyer and script of play.
Box 4 Folder 15
Atlantic Beach 40th Anniversary, 2006
Includes correspondence and flyers regarding commemorative
events which took place throughout the year. Also contains a
copy of the original charter to the Town of Atlantic Beach
by the state of South Carolina regarding the Town's Charter
Day 20 June 1966.
Box 4 Folder 16
Trip to American Beach, Amelia Island,
Contains materials regarding the celebration of MaVynee
Betsch, aka "The Beach Lady," who sought to preserve her
family's beach community on Amelia Island, established in
1935, and the inspiration for Suttles to preserve the
history of Atlantic Beach. Items include "American Beach
Museum Narrative," magazine articles; brochures; funeral
program for Betsch (2005); American Beach Property Owners
Association souvenier canvas bag; laser photos of Suttle's
trip; and materials from a conference on African American
4 Folder 17
American Beach Trip-Photographs, 2006
Box 5 Folder 1
SunFun Festival: "Preserving Memories and
Documents used in "Preserving Memories" symposium. Contains
Suttles' letter to the Town of Atlantic Beach advocating
against the demolition of Jenkins' property on 31st Avenue,
a restaurant and motel operated by his heirs (2003).
Includes business cards, licences, permits, and room
reservation cards (1968-1984). Also contains Jenkins funeral
notice (1972); and civil rights pamphlets (undated). *Note*
Documents are in fragile condition due to fire damage.
2.4.3 ABHS: Special Projects, 2000-2007.
Holds documents and museum exhibit text panels for projects for the
"Historic Motel Row Project;" "The Colored Wall Oral History
Project;" and "The Black Pearl: A Celebration of the Times and Lives
of Atlantic Beach South Carolina."
18.104.22.168 "The Colored Wall Oral History
A project which was funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission,
The Humanities Council of South Carolina and Waccamaw Community
Foundation. Includes transcripts and recordings of interview of
former residents of Atlantic Beach and correspondence regarding
Box 5 Folder 3
Proposal to The Humanities Council of South
Contains grant related documents with subsequent award to the
ABHS for "The Colored Wall-The History of Atlantic Beach,
SC-Through the Voices of Its Elders."
Box 5 Folder 4
Proposal South Carolina Arts Commission, 2002-2005
Contains grant application, subsequent award with
correspondence and reports for "The Colored Wall: Atlantic
Beach Arts Renaissance" project for the purchase and
renovation of two historic motels, converting them into
"Arts boutique" motels.
Box 5 Folder 5
Proposal to Waccamaw Community Foundation,
Applications to smaller granting agencies for "The Colored
Box 5 Folder 6
Oral History Transcripts, 2002-2003
Contains typed transcripts with consent forms for the
Atlantic Beach Oral History Project. Also includes three (3)
CDs of the interviews. **Note**Box 10 holds oral history
interviews on cassette tapes.
Box 5 Folder 7
Correspondence, September-December, 2002
Contains letters and emails regarding oral history
interviews; materials regarding "Oral History Training
22.214.171.124 "The Black Pearl: A Celebration of the Times and
Lives of Atlantic Beach, South Carolina," exhibit, 2002-2003.
An ABHS photographic exhibit held at the Horry County Museum (1
May-31 July 2003). The exhibit also includes text excerpts from
the "The Colored Wall" interviews with photographs of the
Box 6 Folder 1
Exhibit documents, 2002-2003
Contains correspondence regarding exhibit planning;
invitations and promotional flyers; "The Black Pearl"
narrative originally written for Afro-Fest (1994); newspaper
articles; highlight featured indigo textile artist, Arianne
King Comer; and guest sign-in sheets.
6 Folder 2
Color images of exhibit opening at the Horry County Museum, 1
6 Folder 3
Exhibit text panels, 2003
Contains lead panel ("The Black Pearl") and three (3) panels
of "The Origins of Atlantic Beach: Excerpts from "The Black
Pearl: A History..."
6 Folder 4
Photographic exhibit panels, 2003
Four (4) unidentified images (7x9 1/2) of "The Colored Wall"
6 Folder 5
Photographic exhibit panels, 2003
6 Folder 6
Exhibit text panels for "The Colored
Includes paper version of text panels (8 1/2 x 11) featuring
excerpts of interviews conducted in 2002.
7 Folder 1
Exhibit text panels for "The Colored
7 Folder 2
Exhibit text panels for "The Colored
Five (5) text panels (8 1/2 x 11)featuring quotes from
Contains biographical sketches w/dissertation of James Ward
Seabrook and handwritten notes regarding Robert Gordon.
Box 8 Folder 10
Correspondence regarding Atlantic Beach book
Includes publishing agreement w/Joggling Board Press and
Box 8 Folder 11
Correspondence regarding "Images of America Atlantic
Beach" publication, 2006, 2008-2009
Includes letters and emails regarding the publishing cancellation
from Joggling Board, Inc., and the subsequent publishing of
"Atlantic Beach" by Arcadia Publishing. Also contains page
proofs and signed photograph release forms.
Box 8 Folder 12
Contains photographs (originals and photocopies) of images used
in the Atlantic Beach publication.
2.4.6 ABHS Photographic Material and Audio
Recordings, 2002-2008, undated.
This subseries is divided in two sections, photographic and video
tapes highlighting ABHS events (mostly unidentifed).
Photographs, 2002-2008, undated
Contains mostly unidentifed color images of the Atlantic Beach
community and ABHS sponsored events.
Video tapes and audio recordings, 2002, 2004, 2006, undated
Holds VHS tapes, DVD-CDs and cassette tapes of The Colored Wall
Oral History interviews (Etrulia Dozier, Janie Isom, Willie L.
Isom, Alice Graham, William P. Johnson, Carrie Rucker, Russell
Skeeters, and Earline Woods, 2002). Also, includes a VHS tape of
"Black Bike Week 2004."
Series 3: The Town of Atlantic Beach, 1967-2008, undated.
This series contains documents and related materials regarding the town
government with sub-series on the Mayor and Town Manager; the Housing
Authority of Atlantic Beach; Town Council and Elections; and Public Programs
and Events including "BikeFest."
3.1 The Town of Atlantic Beach Administrative Papers, 1977-2008.
Contains meeting agendas and minutes, reports, memorandums,
correspondence and related newspaper articles regarding to the functions
of the Town, organized by year date.
Box 11 Folder 1
Planning Grant Application: "A Community Revitalization
Authored by Atlantic Beach Beach Development Corporation.
Box 11 Folder 2
Mayor and Town Council meeting minutes, 1988
Box 11 Folder 3
Mayor and Town Council meeting minutes, 1989
Includes report, "Atlantic Beach: A Resort Community Development
Box 11 Folder 4
Planning Commission reports, 1998-2006
Contains memorandums, letters and meeting agendas.
Box 11 Folder 5
Contract: "Agreement for Consulting Services for the Town of
Atlantic Beach", 2000
Box 11 Folder 6
Special Session meeting agendas and minutes, 2001
Also contains report on the Town's borrowing history, 1975-2001.
Box 11 Folder 7
Special Session meeting agendas and minutes, 2002
Includes request for meeting forms and Atlantic Beach Community
Center rental agreement.
Box 11 Folder 8
"The Business License Ordinances of Atlantic
Box 11 Folder 9
The Atlantic Beach Police Department, 2002-2007
Includes crime reports; newspaper articles; alert flyers;
memorandums; letters and emails.
Box 11 Folder 10
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, 2002-2007
Includes memorandums, "Special Resource Study" by the national Park
Service; press releases, emails and newspaper articles.
Box 11 Folder 11
Annual Budget report, 2003-2004
Includes Special Session meeting agendas and minutes.
Box 11 Folder 12
Special Session meeting agendas and minutes, 2004
Includes Public Safety Director employment agreement, and letter to
AB business owners.
Box 11 Folder 13
Ocean Boulevard, 2004, 2007, undated
Includes meeting minutes, letters, emails and reports by Sherry
Box 11 Folder 14
Financial: Profit and Loss reports, 2005
Also contains memorandums, and Special Session meeting agendas and
Box 11 Folder 15
Atlantic Beach Community Cares project: "Boys to
Includes emails, promotional flyers and correspondence to and from
Suttles regarding this event.
Box 11 Folder 16
Grant funding opportunities, 2003, 2005-2006, undated
Includes grant applications and correspondence.
Box 11 Folder 17
"Summary of Atlantic Beach Municipal Court", 2006
Also contains proposal for AB Historical Preservation Program;
information regarding Town's Master Plan; memorandums; letters and
Box 11 Folder 18
Olatunji International School, 2006
Re an African American Heritage packet for the Smart Start School
Return program sponsored by the Town of AB.
Box 11 Folder 19
Town of Atlantic Tour and Retreat, 2006
Includes agenda, annual budget (2005-2006); and Suttles handwritten
Box 12 Folder 1
One H.O.O.D (One Company Helping Our Own Develop)
Box 12 Folder 2
Atlantic Beach businesses and restaurants, 2001-2007
Contains "Letter of Intent" regarding The Jerk Place Restaurant; a
civil action suit regarding Crazy Horse Saloon vs. Town of AB;
permissions to open/expand businesses; and newspaper articles.
Box 12 Folder 3
Maps and plats of Atlantic Beach and North Myrtle
Box 12 Folder 4
The Community Development Black Grant Program, 2006-2006
A demolition project includes grant proposal; award letter;
memorandums; project contract and newspaper articles.
Box 12 Folder 5
Special Workshop Meeting & Public Hearing, 2007
Includes memorandums, Town newsletter; event flyers; emails; and
Box 12 Folder 6
Master Plan Executive Summary, 2007
Includes final draft of design guidelines by Zyscovich, Inc.; emails
Box 12 Folder 7
Budget Retreat materials, 2007-2008
Box 12 Folder 8
Newspaper articles, 2008
Articles regarding AB employees printed from the Internet.
Box 12 Folder 9
Various documents regarding the Town of Atlantic
3.2 Town of Atlantic Beach: "BikeFest", 1999-2008, and undated.
Folders contain a variety of organizational documents (correspondence,
memorandums, event programs); newspaper articles and photographs
highlighting Atlantic Beach's major annual event typically held during
Memorial Day weekend. Suttles' ABHS partnered with the Town of AB for
several years to feature special events for children and adults. This
sub-series also includes a folder on the Harley Davidson Spring Biker
Box 13 Folder 1
Box 13 Folder 2
Box 13 Folder 3
Box 13 Folder 4
ABHS Children's BikeFest, 2002
Box 13 Folder 5
Box 13 Folder 6
Box 13 Folder 7
Box 13 Folder 8
Box 13 Folder 9
Box 13 Folder 10
Box 13 Folder 11
Various materials, undated
Includes surveys, local laws regarding BikeFest, and pamphlets.
Box 13 Folder 12
Photographs from various BikeFest events, undated
Box 13 Folder 13
Harley Davidson Spring Biker Rally, 2001-2005
Holds newspaper articles and brochures.
3.3 Officers and Offices of the Town of Atlantic
Includes sub-series of the Office of the Mayor; Town Manager; and Housing
Authority of Atlantic Beach.
3.3.1 Office of the Mayor, 2003-2008.
Includes memorandums; correspondence and newspaper articles mostly by
and about Mayor Irene Armstrong.
Box 14 Folder 1
Mayoral race candidates, 2003 and undated
Includes newspaper articles; candidate flyers, several
Box 14 Folder 2
Mayor Irene Armstrong, 2003-2004
Includes memorandums and letters written by the Mayor; and
Box 14 Folder 3
Mayor Irene Armstrong, 2005-2006
Contains correspondence, newspaper articles regarding Armstrong
v. Carolyn Montgomery, et.al.
Box 14 Folder 4
Mayor Irene Armstrong, 2007-2008
Holds correspondence, newspaper articles and "Decision and Order:
Suttles vs. Armstrong," regarding conflict of interest.
Box 14 Folder 5
State of South Carolina State Ethics
Investigation and eventual vindication of Mayor Armstrong.
Holds complaint form, newspaper articles and letters from Ethics
Commission addressed to Suttles.
Box 14 Folder 6
Mayoral Race Candidates, 2008
Includes newspaper articles; candidate flyers, several
Includes letters; emails; newspaper articles; signed petitions
regarding the removal of Montgomery from office; and State
Ethics Commission investigation, Johnson v. Montgomery.
Box 14 Folder 8
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit, 2002-2006
Contains correspondence and request forms, mostly originated and
addressed to Suttles.
Box 14 Folder 9
Documents from the Office of the Town
Includes Town Meeting agenda and minutes; newspaper articles;
memorandums; emails; formal complaints and police incident
reports from Suttles; documents regarding Atlantic Beach Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA) suit originated by Suttles and William
P. Johnson v. The Town of Atlantic Beach..
Box 14 Folder 10
"Temporary Restraining Orders", 2005
Contains court documents to Montgomery.
Box 14 Folder 11
Town Manager search, 2005-2008
Includes resumes; letters; memorandums; emails, and newspaper
3.3.3 Housing Authority of Atlantic Beach, 1981-2005.
Includes "Cooperation Agreement" (1981); meeting agendas;
letters; memorandums; reports by Suttles and newspaper
Box 14 Folder 13
Patricia Bellamy, 1993, 2004-2005
Includes documents regarding Bellamy as resident commissioner on
Housing Authority board; court documents, newspaper articles;
letters and reports written by Suttles.
3.3.4. Atlantic Beach Mayoral and Town Council
Contains court documents, correspondence and newspaper articles
regarding the alleged voter fraud in the 8 Nov 2003 election of the
AB Mayor and several council candidates including Suttles. Also
contains documents pertaining to the 2005 and 2007 Town Council
Box 15 Folder 1
Elections Commission, 1997
Contains an ordinance amending AB elections.
Box 15 Folder 2
City of Myrtle Beach Election Commission, 1999-2000
Re court case involving Rachel Broadhurst.
Box 15 Folder 3
"Vote for Sherry A. Suttles", 2003
Contains campaign flyers, letters, memorandums, emails and
newspaper articles regarding Suttles run for AB Town Council
Box 15 Folder 4
Town Council candidates, 2003
Contains campaign materials from competing AB Town Council
candidates includes election schedule, flyers and
Box 15 Folder 5
Election protest, 2003
Contains documents regarding alleged voter fraud by incumbent
losers for Mayor and Town Council seats (8 Nov 2003), with press
releases; flyers; letters; memorandums and newspaper
Box 15 Folder 6
Election protest, January-May, 2004
Contains correspondence, court documents, reports and memorandums
from Suttles, and newspaper articles.
Box 15 Folder 7
Court documents, June-December, 2004
Re "Taylor, Skeeters and Wilson v. Town of Atlantic Beach
Election Commission, Armstrong, Evans and Suttles.
Box 15 Folder 8
Court documents, January-March, 2005
Re "Taylor et.al. v. Town of Atlantic Beach Election Commission,
et.al. Includes Suttles' "Take Seat" speech transcript (March)
regarding her formally taking her position as AB Town Council
member with correspondence, newspaper articles and color
photographs of Suttles swearing-in ceremony.
Box 15 Folder 9
Town Council elections, September-November, 2005
Contains campaign flyers, letters, memorandums, emails and
Box 15 Folder 10
Town Council elections, 2007
Includes candidate applications and state of candidacy.
3.4 Atlantic Beach Town Council, 2000-2009 and undated.
Contains mostly meeting agendas and minutes generated by the AB Town
Council. Sub-series includes "Subcommittees and Special Interest
Projects" and "Town Council Elections." Organized by year.
Box 16 Folder 1
Town Ordinance, 2000
Re travel for mayor and town council members.
Box 16 Folder 2
Agenda and minutes, 2001
Public Hearings and special meetings.
Box 16 Folder 3
Agendas for General Session meetings, 2002
Also includes "ordinance to ament the Town Council" and newspaper
Box 16 Folder 4
Town Council procedures, 2003
Includes letters addressed to council; draft of resolutions; agendas
for General Session meetings and emails regarding council
Box 16 Folder 5
Agendas for General and Special Session meetings, 2004
Also includes letter and report from Suttles as a Town Council
Box 16 Folder 6
Council Member, Delores Wilson, 2004-2005
Includes letters and newspaper articles.
Box 16 Folder 7
Agendas for General and Special Session meetings, 2005
Several meeting minutes are include. Also contains "For the Record"
reports by Suttles; letters, memorandums, emails, newsletters and
Box 16 Folder 8
Agendas for General and Special Session meetings,
Also includes meeting minutes; "For the Record" reports by Suttles;
letters, memorandums, emails, newsletters and newspaper
Box 16 Folder 9
Agendas for General and Special Session meetings,
Also includes BikeFest report (August); full minutes for Special
Session meetings (September) regarding final vote on adoption of
planning and development codes, slum and blight, public nuisance,
and fair housing ordinances; "For the Record" reports by Suttles;
letters, memorandums, emails, newsletters and newspaper
Box 16 Folder 10
Agendas for General and Special Session meetings, 2007
Includes reports by Suttles; letters; memorandums, emails,
newsletters and newspaper article regarding an arrest of a council
Box 16 Folder 11
Suttles endorsement for Town Council candidate, 2008-2009
Also includes agendas for General and Executive Sessions.
Box 16 Folder 12
Documents regarding Town Council meetings, undated
Box 16 Folder 13
Atlantic Beach Landowners Association (ABLA), 2001-2007
Includes several listings of AB landowners; correspondence;
memorandums and newspaper articles. Also includes "Goals-Vision Plan
(2002-2005);" and correspondence, memorandums, agendas, newspaper
articles from an opposing group, the Association of Atlantic Beach
Property Owners (ABPO).
Box 16 Folder 14
"The Carma Russell Fund", 2006
Includes statement of concern to Horry Police Department from
Suttles; funeral program; public service announcement flyer and bank
statements from fundraiser proceeds.
3.5 Periodical articles regarding Atlantic Beach, 1967-2008.
Contains general overview newspaper articles and essays regarding the
Town of Atlantic Beach.
Box 17 Folder 1
Articles, 1982, 1989
Box 17 Folder 2
Articles, 1997, 1999
Box 17 Folder 3
Box 17 Folder 4
Box 17 Folder 5
Box 17 Folder 6
General articles regarding Atlantic Beach, undated
Box 17 Folder 7
General newspaper articles regarding various
topics, 1967, 2000, 2001
Newspaper articles regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967);
minority and women-owned businesses (2000); and Mayor Elona Davis,
Denmark, South Carolina (2001).
3.6 Town of Atlantic Beach Affiliations, 2002-2007, undated.
This sub-series contains various activities, and businesses relating to
the Town of Atlantic Beach. Included are church and funeral programs of
AB residents, and emerging businesses.
Box 17 Folder 8
Church Programs, 1999-2008, undated
Event programs from various churches in Atlantic Beach and Myrtle
Box 17 Folder 9
Funeral programs, 2002-2006, undated
Includes tributes to decreased AB residents.
Box 17 Folder 10
Various community programs, 1999-2005, undated
Box 17 Folder 11
Black Pearl Land Company, 2007
A independent real estate property company promoting "The Black Pearl
Resort." Includes letter to Suttles with "conceptual master plan"
3.7 Horry County, and Surrounding Areas in South
Contains various materials (reports, statistics, programs, newspaper
articles) regarding Horry County, the Cities of Myrtle Beach and Conway
and Georgetown County.
Box 17 Folder 12
Horry and Georgetown Counties, 1990-2005
Includes Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Conway. Contains census
records; newspaper articles; clerk of court roster; and maps.
Box 17 Folder 13
Myrtle Beach Colored School, 2001, 2005, undated
Contains newspaper articles and note cards featuring the first school
for African-Americans in Myrtle Beach in the 1930s.
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