Following the passing of Myrtle Beach resident Mary Canty, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:

"Mary Canty's contributions to the entire Myrtle Beach area cannot be overstated. Her tireless efforts and dedication to saving the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School means that a symbolic piece of local history will be around for generations to come. While the community will miss Mary, her legacy will live on through the many lives she touched, as well as through her children and grandchildren. We thank Mary for everything she accomplished throughout her life, and extend our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends."