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Obscura Society DC: Vacationing with the Jim Crow-Era Travel Guide

Join historian Patsy Fletcher for a DC walking tour using the famed "Green Book."

For thirty years, letter carrier Victor H. Green published the "Negro Motorist Green Book," an essential guide for African-Americans traveling and vacationing during the Jim Crow-era.  

Collaborating with his fellow postal workers from around the country, Green recommended restaurants, hotels, gas stations and even tailors and beauty parlors throughout the country where African-Americans were welcomed. At a time where entering the wrong premises or asking for services at certain restaurants could be dangerous, this book kept African-American travelers safe.

Join Obscura Society DC and historian/author Patsy Fletcher on the opening weekend of National Museum of African American History and Culture for an exclusive walking tour of the many DC spots that were featured in this book. We will wind our way from the Thurgood Marshall Center on 12th Street, once the local YMCA listed in The Green Book, towards Logan Circle and to U Street. Along the way, Fletcher will talk history and point out the businesses that were highlighted in this historic series of travel guides. 

Notes for this adventure:

- This tour is about a mile long, so please bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

- Our tour will start at the Thurgood Marshall Center on 12th Street.

All ticket sales are final. All questions, please email Matt Blitz at matt@atlasobscura.com