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The Negro Motorist Green Book

  • 660 N. Fourth Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • Capitol Park Museum, a Louisiana State Museum
  • August 21, 2021 - November 13, 2021
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: 0
  • (225) 342-5428
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The Negro Motorist Green Book — an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian, Candacy Taylor — 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.


 
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