A Jim Crow Road Trip

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  07.25.12 | 9:45 AM ET

Over at The Root, Nsenga K. Burton looks back at “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a segregation-era guidebook for black travelers in America. It was first published in 1936, and, writes Burton, it “listed businesses and places of interest such as nightclubs, beauty salons, barbershops, gas stations and garages that catered to black road-trippers. For almost three decades, travelers could request (for just 10 cents’ postage) and receive a guide from Green.”

Burton tried to track down some of the places listed in the guide and found some still going strong. Lovers of guidebook nostalgia (we’re looking at you, Doug Mack) should check out the full story.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

9 Comments for A Jim Crow Road Trip

07.30.12 | 5:56 AM ET

Nice and amazing information that read. i always looking such information on the internet. Thanks for your sharing.

Utopian Retreats 08.01.12 | 2:11 AM ET

Great post.Thanks for road trip.

Jesse 08.01.12 | 3:52 AM ET

One of the great things you could encounter on a sort of retelling road trip from famous travelers is the feeling of dejavu just from the familiarity of the place from read descriptions.

Kimberly 08.04.12 | 10:21 AM ET

I would love to have a copy of this. I am fascinated with history. My mom traveled a lot during this era & experienced the Jim Crow travel experience 1st hand. My dad did too. He was in the Navy & the only black in his unit. He used to talk about 1 particular incident when the unit was in Arkansas & they stopped at a restaurant, but he wasn’t allowed to go in the front door with his friends. The unit decided that if he couldn’t eat with them (in uniform), none of them would eat at the restaurant. It had a huge impact on him. I’m in tears typing this now. My dad recently passed, but always talked about his experience in the Navy both here in the states & overseas——he would have loved this…

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shalu sharma 08.06.12 | 2:17 PM ET

Travelling in America has always been my dream. Even though it was published in 1936, its probably still relevant.

mark chad 08.24.12 | 6:47 AM ET

burtons book has always something different. I still remember reading his book after my friend asked me to. It was totally different feeling then. Hope to get to read this book mentioned here and know if he still writes the way i liked him writing.

alanc230 08.24.12 | 3:39 PM ET

I’ve never heard of this book before. Fascinating story.

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