Before the days of Smartphones, Google, and the internet, an enterprising African American man named Victor H. Green, published an annual guidebook to sites—restaurants, motels, beach resorts, etc.—that welcomed African American travelers. In the days of Jim Crow laws and other legal and social policies of racial segregation, these guides—known by various names but commonly known as the Green Book—were indispensable for African Americans who traveled across the country for business or pleasure. Today, several researchers are seeking to document, and preserve, these Green Book sites.
How Historic Preservation Can Drive Examination of Racial Inequality
By Jackie Strawbridge
July 21, 2016