Old cover of a historical green book

In 1936, Victor Hugo Green, a Harlem postman, began publishing a guide for African American travelers to offer travel options during America’s Jim Crow era. The Green Book, as it was known, was a sustained success—for almost thirty years—providing Black travelers information on hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other facilities where they could expect welcome “without humiliation.”

Join MOHAI, Smithsonian Affiliations, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and author, photographer, and cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor to explore the legacy of the Green Book, its impact on communities, businesses, and families, and its relevance today. After the program’s interview format, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in the chat.

Photos: Courtesy Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, New York Public Library.; Outdoor Photo of a Mother, Father and Child Standing by a Car / Rev. Henry Clay Anderson, 1940. © NMAAHC 

Location: Online

Cost: Free