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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.
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online Event
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.” There were several Green Book sites in Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, including the Arthur D. Henderson Tourist Home (301 McDowell Street, Bristol, TN, 1938-1963/64, demolished); Morocco Tavern, 800 Spencer Street, Bristol, VA, 1954-1955, demolished); Morocco Hotel & Grill, 1200 Moore Street, Bristol, VA, 1957-1963/64, demolished); Mrs. Margaret C. Brown Tourist Home, 225 McDowell Street, Bristol, TN, 1954-1963/64; and Palace Hotel, 201 Front Street, Bristol, VA, 1947, demolished).
This virtual event is free and open to the public, but you do need to register in order to get access.
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is a Smithsonian Affilate, which allows us to share interesting and educational programming like “The Legacy of the Green Book” with our community and wider audiences. Keep an eye out for future virtual Smithsonian programs!