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.”
On Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern, join 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. This event on Zoom will be a simultaneous broadcast to select Smithsonian Affiliate partners only, across the United States. After the program’s interview format, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in the chat.
Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer, and cultural documentarian working on a multidisciplinary project based on The Negro Motorist Green Book. Taylor is the author of Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America (Abrams Books, 2020). She is the curator and content specialist of the exhibition The Negro Motorist Green Book, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Since 2013 Taylor has crisscrossed America five times scouting and photographing Green Book sites. Taylor’s work has been featured in over 50 media outlets including The Atlantic, CBS Sunday Morning, The Guardian (UK edition), The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Newsweek, PBS Newshour, and The Wall Street Journal.