Digitized Green Books from the New York Public Library

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 10.01.09 AMI’ve just learned this exciting news – Jim Crow era Green Books are now available in digitized form courtesy of the New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – a fine institution to be sure.

Green Books were travel guides for black families traveling through the segregated nation. By the 1940s, the guides included the mid-Atlantic, the South, The Midwest, and the West Coast.  The books provided information on establishments such as hotels and restaurants that catered to black folks – and thus people were able to avoid confrontations with the proprietors of  “white only” establishments.

You can find this profoundly significant resource HERE.

With compliments,

Keith