Cheraw Town Green – Cheraw, South Carolina

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Jazz musician John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was born in Cheraw in 1917. Story has it that as a child, Gillespie often would sneak into the Town Green’s movie house, the Lyric Theater. The owner eventually caught Gillespie and then employed him to catch similar-minded youth. The Lyric is now a live theater known simply as the Theatre on the Green.

Dizzy Gillespie Statue

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Gillespie left Cheraw at age 17 to pursue his musical education at the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. His Cheraw roots remained deep, however, as he opened most sets by introducing himself to the audience as “Dizzy Gillespie from Cheraw, South Carolina.” To commemorate the trumpeter and his famous bent horn, the town commissioned sculptor Ed Dwight to create a seven-foot bronze statue of Gillespie, which was added to the Green in 2002 to mark the 85th anniversary of his birth. Cheraw is also home to the South Carolina Jazz Festival in honor of Gillespie, held the third week of October each year.

Dizzy Gillepsie Statue in Cheraw

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The photo below, captured by Cheraw’s Director of Tourism and Community Development, David Sides, shows Dizzy trumpeting his horn in the January 2014 snowfall.

Dizzy Statue

David Sides of Cheraw, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cheraw Town Green Info

Address: 321 Market Street, Cheraw, SC

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2 Comments about Cheraw Town Green

Jay Mcleod says:
October 22nd, 2014 at 12:03 pm

CHERAW, South Carolina, family home of the Baltimore McLeods!

mary r. gulledgeNo Gravatar says:
October 21st, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Great pics, and so nice of Jim to share with us!


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