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Primary Sources: Travel

The Green Book, 1936-1966

The Green Book was needed and published for thirty years

the Negro Travelers green book 1956 cover

The Negro Travelers Green Book Fall 1956
The Guide for Travel and Vacations

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The Negro Motorist Green Book was a guidebook for African American travelers that provided a list of hotels, boarding houses, taverns, restaurants, service stations and other establishments throughout the country that served African Americans patrons. Victor H. Green published it annually from 1936 to 1966 when discrimination against African Americans was widespread. During this period, African Americans faced racial prejudice, price gouging and physical violence while traveling around the United States. The information included in The Negro Motorist Green Book helped increase the safety of Black individuals and families, and improved their chance of decent treatment.

-Adapted from Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Transcription Center, Digital Volunteers