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The Negro Motorist Green Book presented by the Capitol Park Museum

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Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge
Presents
The Negro Motorist Green Book Exhibition

Developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian, Candacy Taylor. This exhibit offers a visually immersive look at the reality of travel for African Americans in mid-20th century America.

The Negro Motorist Green Book was more than a travel guide. It was a shield, empowering Black people to explore their world with more dignity than fear, more elegance than embarrassment.

Started in 1936 by Harlem postman Victor Green,

The Negro Motorist Green Book was a guide published over three decades that helped African Americans travel the country safely, and with dignity, during a time of Jim Crow laws and segregation.

The Green Book was also an indispensable resource for the era’s successful Black-owned businesses and rising African American middle class.

This exhibit is sponsored by ExxonMobil.

 
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