Guidebook, "Negro Motorist Green Book, 1937 Edition, Complimentary Issue"

Summary

Before the 1964 Civil Rights Act, African Americans faced persistent racial discrimination when traveling. It could be difficult to find restaurants, hotels, or other amenities. The Negro Motorist Green Book, begun in 1936, became a guide for the African-American traveler. The 1937 edition provided information for a limited area around New York City. Later editions would cover all U.S. states and several international destinations.

Before the 1964 Civil Rights Act, African Americans faced persistent racial discrimination when traveling. It could be difficult to find restaurants, hotels, or other amenities. The Negro Motorist Green Book, begun in 1936, became a guide for the African-American traveler. The 1937 edition provided information for a limited area around New York City. Later editions would cover all U.S. states and several international destinations.

Artifact

Guidebook

Date Made

1937

Subject Date

1937

Collection Title

Book Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

92.150.9685

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Family of Henry Austin Clark, Jr.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 10 in

Width: 6.75 in

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