How The Negro Traveler’s Green Book Helped Black People Get Around in the 1950s

Posted: September 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Ain’t much changed… try visiting Pekin, Ill or White Settlement, TX…

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Ain’t much changed… try visiting Pekin, Ill or White Settlement, TX…

In the 1950s, vacationing while black in America was dangerous. The commonplace discrimination occurring during the Jim Crow era meant black travelers struggled to find a hotel room in which to stay, or a restaurant where they could grab a meal. Too often they were met with met with hostility, refused service, or worse. So when a brother like me wanted to get out of town, that meant grabbing a Green Book—a guidebook for black travelers offering tips on how to tour the country safely, as well as a directory of safe vacation destinations.

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