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Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book & Oasis Spaces in North Carolina

Opening Jan. 28

Explore this pop-up panel display about the Green Book, an annual travel guide that helped African Americans navigate Jim Crow segregation. Published from 1936 to 1966, it pointed African American travelers to restaurants, lodging and car repair establishments, and other businesses that would serve them. The traveling exhibition showcases images of business owners, travelers, and North Carolina sites, along with oral history quotes and memories from African American travelers and descendants of Green Book site owners. A well-used copy of the 1959 edition is displayed in the current museum exhibit Beach Music: Making Waves in the Carolinas.

Reproduction copies of several editions of the Green Book are available for purchase in the Museum Shop. The shop also has copies of Overground Railroad, by Candacy Taylor, and of Driving While Black, by historian Gretchen Sorin. If you cannot get into the shop physically, order online for postal delivery or curbside pickup.

Developed by the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and its Oasis Spaces Project and designed by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Funding provided by a 2017 grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.