The Green Book enabled black travelers to find lodgings, businesses, and gas stations that would serve them along the road.

NC Green Book Project

The Green Book enabled black travelers to find lodgings, businesses, and gas stations that would serve them along the road.

What was it like for African American families, business people, and individuals to travel in North Carolina during the Jim Crow Era?

The NC Green Book Project will explore this question.

Over the next several months, a research team led by the NC African American Heritage Commission, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, will explore the 327 North Carolina listings that existed in The Negro Motorist Green Book. The team’s discoveries—of what remains (or fails to exist) in the physical landscape; of black entrepreneurship; of physically navigating Jim Crow in North Carolina communities—will help all to understand a complex and fraught era in our state.

We need your help! Currently, we are seeking:

  • An original copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book.
  • Community Contacts (for oral histories and to share local historical information related to African American communities and business districts)
  • Stories—in person or submitted digitally (experiences traveling during the Jim Crow era in NC)
  • Archival materials (i.e. photographs, newspaper clippings, brochures)
  • 3-D objects (related to African American travel or businesses in NC that can be loaned for a traveling exhibition)

To offer your assistance, or to connect us with folks who can, email or call: greenbooknc@ncdcr.gov, 336-891-0288.

 

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