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February 2013 Pic of the Month

Segregated Travel and the Uncommon Courage of Rosa Parks

To avoid Jim Crows laws while travelling in the South (and unwritten Jim Crow practices followed in the North), black motorists created their own tourist infrastructure, with specially published guides steering them to safe accommodations. This is the 1949 edition of “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” produced by postal employee Victor H. Green, of Harlem, New York, from 1936 until the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. ID 87.135.1736.

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