Tucked away next to the bus station on the corner of South Division and Baltimore Ave, Henry’s Hotel was built in 1895 in a time when Ocean City was deeply segregated.
It’s astounding to think there was a time when music legends like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong came to Ocean City, performed in major hotel ballrooms yet were not permitted to sleep in the same hotels where they performed. Instead they stayed at Henry's Hotel.
"I remember coming here as a little boy. There's a lot that's symbolic about the old hotel surviving all through segregation up to now when so much has changed."
Ocean City has come a long way in the past 117 years since this hotel was built and today you see people of all colors enjoying the boardwalk and beach. As long as this cultural landmark stands it’s a reminder of how far we’ve come as a town and as a nation.
Find out more about the history (and possible future) of Henry’s Hotel or some of the other African-American landmarks in the Ocean City area.