The Green Book: African-American Travel in the Jim Crow Era

Located in Houston's Historic Fifth Ward

The DeLuxe Theater - ​Gallery Space


Under Jim Crow segregation laws, African-Americans were often met with discrimination and intimidation as they traveled across the United States. Victor Green, a black postal worker in New York, published the first "Negro Motorist Green Book" in 1936 as a guide to businesses that would serve African-American travelers; over the next 28 years, the annual publication helped scores of motorists find hotels, tourist homes, restaurants, barber shops, beauty parlors, service stations and taverns across the country. This is a free event, open to the community.