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“The Legacy of the Green Book” presentation (virtual)
October 15, 6 p.m.
On Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 6 p.m., 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 virtual Zoom event will be a simultaneous broadcast to select Smithsonian Affiliate partners only, including the Oklahoma History Center. After the program’s interview segment, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in the chat. The program is free, but preregistration is required.
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.”
This program will be moderated by Marquette Folley, content director, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Speaker 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.