Presented by Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in partnership with the NC African American Heritage Commission, a division of the NC Division of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Institute of Museum and Library sciences.

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The exhibit is featured in articles in the Winston-Salem Journal and the Winston Salem Chronicle

Exhibit Dates & Times

Thursday, January 13 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. 

Open House and media event for invited guests

Monday, January 17  2:00 – 6:30 p.m.  CANCELLED

Open to the public in conjunction with the community

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial service at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 22  1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Open to the public​

Sunday, February 6 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Open to the public

Sunday, February 20 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Open to the public in conjunction with the community

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial service at 4:00 p.m.

Other dates & times: Black History classes in the area high schools will be invited to schedule field trips at mutually agreed upon dates and times.

About the Green Book

“The Negro Motorist Green Book,” published between 1936 and 1966, was both a travel guide and a tool of resistance designed to confront the realities of racial discrimination in the United States and beyond. The book listed over 300 North Carolina businesses—from restaurants and hotels, to tourist homes, nightclubs and beauty salons—in the three decades that it was published. 
 

In the original Green Book, Winston-Salem had 18 listings ranging from hotels ( The Lincoln Hotel) to gas stations to pharmacies (Model Pharmacy) .  The Navigating Jim Crow: Green Book and Oasis Spaces exhibit highlights a complex statewide network of business owners and Green Book sites that allowed African American communities to thrive, and that created “oasis spaces” for those travelers.
 

First published in 1936, the Green Book was the brainchild of a Harlem-based postal carrier named Victor Hugo Green. Like most Africans Americans in the mid-20th century, Green had grown weary of the discrimination blacks faced whenever they ventured outside their neighborhoods. Rates of car ownership had exploded in the years before and after World War II, but the lure of the interstate was also fraught with risk for African Americans. “Whites Only” policies meant that black travelers often couldn’t find safe places to eat and sleep, and so-called “Sundown Towns”—municipalities that banned blacks after dark—were scattered across the country. As the foreword of the 1956 edition of the Green Book noted, “the White traveler has had no difficulty in getting accommodations, but with the Negro it has been different.” Green developed a guide to help black Americans indulge in travel without fear. The first edition of his Green Book only covered hotels and restaurants in the New York area, but he soon expanded its scope by gathering field reports from fellow postal carriers and offering cash payments to readers who sent in useful information. By the early 1940s, the Green Book boasted thousands of establishments from across the country, all of them either black-owned or verified to be non-discriminatory. 

     The authors of the 1948 edition had this ending to their publication.  “There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States.

It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please, and without embarrassment.”  The Green Book ended publication in 1966, 30 years after its first issue and two years after the Civil Rights Act was passed.

Other related resources you may want to visit:

Green Book Project

The Depot Street Renaissance Mural  (Model Pharmacy and the Lincoln Hotel  (depicted in the mural) were two Winston-Salem based green book locations.)

Winston-Salem Tourist Village…a local first…

For more information about the exhibit, please contact greenbook@mttaborumc.org.

For more information about the work of the church in the area of racial injustice, please visit here

Quotes from Exhibit Visitors

During this time in our country so many people are awakening to the realization of the disparities and inequities African Americans have and continue to endure. Few people knew about the Green Book, including African Americans. This exhibit is timely. The acquisition of this exhibit is commendable and an example of those who know the stories must continue to be shared. It is an excellent opportunity to see and experience the stories.

Dr. Fran Bates Oates

Last week, we had the opportunity to take our students to the NC Green Book Exhibit at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church.  The exhibit was extremely informative.  Our students really enjoyed the presentation and learned a lot. The video was very effective as it presented various people who shared their real-life experiences.  To see and be able to look through the green books replications was fascinating to our students.  The panels were very informative and beautifully done.  The volunteers were so helpful and very engaging with us all. The exhibit was very thought provoking as was evident by the conversations that continued after we left the church.  It was a very significant educational tool that I am so thankful we were able to experience.  I am very appreciative to all who contributed to the exhibit and made it possible for us to attend it.

 

Thank you,

Camille Galloway

Student Services

Winston-Salem Street School

Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter 

of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.