Navigating “The Negro Motorist Green Book” from the 1940s and 1950s

Navigating the Green Book–NYPL Link

“The Green Book was a travel guide published between 1936 and 1966 that listed hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations, etc. where black travelers would be welcome. NYPL Labs is in the process of extracting the data from the Green Books themselves and welcomes you to explore its contents in new ways.”

You can map a trip during 1947 or 1956, and chart out the establishments where an African American traveler would have been allowed to eat and sleep. While it’s heartbreaking to know that such a guide was necessary, today it provides insight into the way African Americans dealt with being treated as second class citizens.

Following are a few screen captures.

The Green book home pageThe Green book NYC to Atlanta 1The Green book NYC to Atlanta 2The Green book heatmap view


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