Memorial Day weekend will be busy in Marlboro County with several events planned.
"The Gulf" Heritage Dedication and Street Dance will honor an area that was once the center of business and entertainment for African Americans in the county.
"The Gulf" got its name from a Gulf service station, Everybody's Station, where Gulf gas was sold.
An authentic period Gulf sign will be erected at the corner of West Market and Liberty Streets. The project is co-sponsored by the city of Bennettsville and Bennettsville Bicentennial.
A public unveiling and dedication of the sign will be at 6 p.m. Friday. A short program will talk about the significance of the area. The School of Discovery Jazz and Shiloh Baptist Church Youth Choir will perform at the dedication.
Elisabeth K. McNiel, director of Tourism, Parks, and Recreation for the city of Bennettsville, said it will be commemorated with a plaque at a later date.
After the ceremony, a street dance will be from 7-11 p.m. in the block of Market Street between Liberty and Cheraw Streets.
It will feature live music by Dennis Hardison and A New Creation and DJ Byrd as the first of the City of Bennettsville's 2019 "Two Hours from Anywhere" concerts. Bounce houses along with food, craft, and informational vendors can also be found along West Market Street.
McNiel said there will be an opportunity for people to record their memories of the Gulf.