By Barney Blakeney
June 15, some 170 Charleston Eastside residents, former residents and friends were treated free of charge to a ‘Throwback Bus Excursion’ to Myrtle Beach. Crable ‘The Legend’, who grew up on the Eastside, made good on a promise to childhood friend, the late James ‘Reefer’ Wilson, who died last October after a battle with cancer.
Wilson often discussed sponsoring a bus excursion to Myrtle Beach with Crable who promised to fulfill their dream. Last weekend Crable did that. Last Saturday 170 individuals, young and old, boarded four buses to the beach.
Bus excursions conducted during the mid-1900s took young and old from Charleston to Atlantic Beach and later, to Myrtle Beach for day-long trips to the beaches. The excursions, usually sponsored by churches, social organizations and others, became a part of the fabric of summer for many Blacks. Crable says his only regret is that he didn’t do it years ago. He plans to make the excursion an annual event.