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The Negro Motorist Green Book Exhibit

August 21, 2021

In 1936, Harlem postman Victor Green created a guide for African American travelers navigating the Jim-Crow era South. The travel guide, known as “The Green Book,” was published annually until 1967, and provided Black travelers with information about which restaurants, gas stations, department stores, and other businesses were open to African Americans, as well as lists of “sundown towns,” or communities which did not allow African Americans to stay overnight. The exhibition will include artifacts from road signs to postcards as well as historic footage, images, and accounts of what traveling as an African American was like during this fraught period in history, chronicling the experience of travel for the growing Black middle class and how The Green Book was a necessary, sometimes life-saving, resource.

Developed by SITES in collaboration with award-winning author, photographer, and cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor, “The Negro Motorist Green Book” is made possible through the support of the Exxon Mobil Corporation.

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Location:
660 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge
Louisiana

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Date:
August 21, 2021