Negro Motorist Green Book
Can imagine taking a road trip that endangers your life? Can you imagine having to got to the bathroom in the bushes because there were no public facilities? Can you imagine having to pay to eat while being served at the back of the restaurant? This was the reality for African Americans less than 50 years ago. While traveling basic necessities are needed such as food, gas, water, restrooms and maybe an overnight hotel stay. Stopping for these necessities could bring danger in southern states due to the segregation created through the Jim Crow laws.
Postal employee and civic leader, Victor Hugo Green conceived the postal employee and civic leader in response to one too many accounts of humiliation or violence where discrimination continued to hold strong. Between 1936 and 1964, he reviewed hotels and restaurants that did business with African Americans during the time of Jim Crow laws and racial segregation in the United States. He printed 15,000 copies each year.The guide often pointed weary black travelers to “tourist homes,” privates residences made available by their African-American owners.
We need to remember our history and those who stuggle to get us this far.