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Legacy of the Green Book

Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Credit Line: Outdoor Photo of a Mother, Father and Child Standing by a Car / Rev. Henry Clay Anderson, 1940. © NMAAHC 

Presenter: Candacy Taylor, Historian and Author, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America, and Marquette Folley, Project Director, The Negro Motorist Green Book, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Register here!

Explore the harsh realities of traveling as a Black citizen or family in mid-century America along with the vibrant parallel world of African American–friendly businesses that supported this travel—and the guide that enabled African American travelers to find those businesses. Modeled after a similar publication for Jewish travelers, the so-called Green Book—compiled by Harlem postman Victor Hugo Green and published intermittently from 1936 through 1966—was that guide, providing Black travelers of the era with information on hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other facilities where they would be welcomed and treated respectfully. One of only a few Smithsonian Affiliates chosen to participate, the North Carolina Museum of History proudly invites you to join this exclusive online event to discuss the legacy of the Green Book, its impact on communities, businesses, and families, and its relevance today.

Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer, documentarian, and well-known Green Book scholar. She is curator of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit The Negro Motorist Green Book, for which Folley served as project manager.

Smithsonian Virtual Scholar Talks are presented by Smithsonian Affiliations, in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture and other Smithsonian Affiliate organizations across the country.