This limited series ride is being held in conjunction with the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition highlighting "The Negro Motorist Green Book." The exhibit will be on display at the Capitol Park Museum from August 21, to November 14, 2021. CLICK HERE for details about the exhibit.
Baton Rouge was founded on the banks of the Mississippi River and has changed dramatically from its days as a sleepy river town to its now seat as the state’s capital. Today, historic markers note locations of famous battle grounds, well-known businesses, and even the home of the man who shot and killed Governor Huey P. Long. Graffiti is the only text you’ll find on the site of the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King stayed while he was in Baton Rouge and almost none of the buildings he would have patronized while in the city remain.
Some of the historic markers that do not exist but certainly should will be visited on the Green Book Bike Tour. We will begin at the State Museum and make our way first through downtown Baton Rouge to the area known now as “Old” South Baton Rouge.
The ride will make 5 stops and will cover roughly 7 miles round trip. There will be a mid point stop at the Electric Depot on Government Street. Participants should bring a mask and money if they would like to get a beverage at the location. The stop will last roughly 20 minutes.
Participants must bring their own bike. There is a Gotcha Bike stand located across from the museum.
· African American History Museum
· Pearson’s House
· Electric Depot
· Lincoln Theater/hotel
· Prince Hall Masonic Temple