Negro Green Book
Select one of three books shown. Description:
#1 "The 1940 Negro Motorist Green Book" (52 pages)
#2 "The 1963-64 Travelers' Green Book" (108 pages)
#3 "The 1954 negro Travelers' Green Book" (88 pages)
Launched in 1936 as the "Negro Motorist Green-Book", these annual guides showed readers restaurants, hotels, tourist homes, and even gas stations and drug stores that were willing to take their money. They became an essential part of road trips in the Jim Crow era. Recently, the "Green Book" has received a great deal of media attention with coverage on CNN, NPR, CBS, the Washington Post, the New York Times and more, all telling about how vital these guides were to Black travelers. The original guides are museum pieces now.
These are facsimile reprints to give a reflection of that time in history.
Traveling through the heart of the U.S. in the mid-twentieth century was a grand adventure. You'd set your wheels on Route 66 and see America, stopping at a nice little diner when you got hungry, able to find a comfortable hotel easily when your eyelids got heavy, if you were White.
For African Americans, however, the path was not so clear. Under a combination of law and tradition they were not allowed to stay at many of those comfortable hotels, were barred from entering that nice little diner. There were places that would take them, but were fewer, farther between, and hard to find if you didn't already know they were there.
The Green Book gave African Americans a form of freedom.
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