Legacy of The Green Book--via Zoom

Legacy of The Green Book--via Zoom

A Smithsonian Virtual Scholar Talk

Thursday, October 15, 2020

4:00 p.m. Arizona time (7:00 p.m. Eastern time) via Zoom

In 1936, Victor Hugo Green, a Harlem postman, began publishing a guide for African American travelers to offer travel options during America’s Jim Crow era. The Green Book, as it was known, was a sustained success—for almost thirty years—providing Black travelers information on hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other facilities where they could expect welcome “without humiliation.” In this program, we’ll explore the legacy of the Green Book, its impact on communities, businesses, and families, and its relevance today. Historian and Green Book expert Candacy Taylor will be interviewed by Marquette Folley, project director of the upcoming exhibition, "The Negro Motorist Green Book."


Additional Smithsonian Resources

The Negro Motorist Green Book exhibition, https://www.sites.si.edu/s/topic/0TO36000000U032GAC/the-negro-motorist-green-book

Smithsonian Channel videos on the Green Book, https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/video/show/the-green-book-guide-to-freedom/65702

Smithsonian Magazine articles about the Green Book, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-green-book-african-american-travelers-180958506/



Green Book Cover: 1959. Courtesy Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,

Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, New York Public Library.

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