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AAEXPL_190130_029.JPG: Follow the Green Book
AAEXPL_190130_032.JPG: On the Road with Jim Crow
During the segregation era, discriminatory laws and practices made traveling by car a difficult and even dangerous experience for African Americans. Along the nation's highways, black travelers were routinely denied access to basic service like gas, food, restrooms, and lodging. Stopping in an unfamiliar place carried the risk of humiliation, threats, or worse. To find safe and friendly accommodations, travelers relied on a network of shared advice, exchanged by word of mouth and also published in guides such as the Green Book (1936-1966).
To learn more about travel during segregation, visit Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom.
AAEXPL_190130_036.JPG: Sign from a segregated restaurant, ca. 1920s-1940s
AAEXPL_190130_039.JPG: Truck stop with sign pointing to separate facilities for "Colored," 1962.
AAEXPL_190130_041.JPG: There was no place for us to eat or sleep on the main highways. Restaurants wouldn't serve us...
Some gasoline stations didn't want to sell us gas and oil. Some told us no restrooms were available.
The looks of anger at the sight of us colored folks sitting in a nice car were frightening to see.
-- Mahalia Jackson, 1966
AAEXPL_190130_046.JPG: Motel sign, ca 1960
AAEXPL_190130_049.JPG: Listings from The Negro Motorist Green Book, 1941
AAEXPL_190130_055.JPG: Cover of The Traveler's Green Book, 1960
Later editions of the Green Book included international listings and advice for rail, ship, and air travel.
AAEXPL_190130_056.JPG: Advertisements from The Negro Motorist Green Book, 1948
AAEXPL_190130_057.JPG: The Green Book
Published from 1936 to 1966, The Negro Motorist Green Book listed motels, restaurants, service stations, and other accommodations that served African Americans. Victor H. Green, a New Jersey postal worker, created his namesake guide to help black travelers safely navigate the segregated realities of Jim Crow America. Green used his contacts in the postal service, as well as input from traveling salesmen and business owners, to compile the listings, and partnered with the Standard Oil Company to distribute the Green Book at Esso gas stations.
AAEXPL_190130_071.JPG: Search for the Sao Jose
AAEXPL_190130_077.JPG: Building Bridges to the Past
AAEXPL_190130_081.JPG: A Global Initiative
AAEXPL_190130_084.JPG: The Slave Wrecks Project
AAEXPL_190130_090.JPG: Search for the Sao Jose
AAEXPL_190130_093.JPG: Back Into Memory
AAEXPL_190130_095.JPG: The Journey of the Sao Jose
AAEXPL_190130_106.JPG: Explore More! on the second floor
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