The Negro Green Book- The Jim Crow Era’s Travel Guide


The Negro Green book, what a fascinating book.  I just recently stumbled across this book on the internet.   It was,  for lack of a better description a travel guide for African Americans, particularly  doing the Jim Crow era.  It became a life saver during the fifties when more and more African-Americans  begin to travel across the country.  Back then it was no small feat to find food  and lodging.  Many African American slept in cars, were very careful where they stopped for gas and used the bathroom wherever the could. To take a trip, meant very careful planning.  The welfare of ones family was certainly at stake, particularly if you traveled in the south. 

We have come a long way since those days, but to reflect on the Jim Crow laws and the lengths  African American had to go to find accommodations is fascinating.

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