Schomburg Digitizes “Green Book” African-American Travel Guides

Schomburg has digitized the “Green Book” travel guides that African-Americans used to find safe places to stay and eat from the 1930s through 1966. Though I’m ashamed and embarrassed that such guides were ever necessary, I’m glad that such an essential set of historical and cultural items has been preserved. “From 1936 to 1966, the “Green Book” was a travel guide that provided black motorists with peace of mind while they drove through a country where racial segregation was the norm and sundown towns — where African-Americans had to leave after dark — were not uncommon.”

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