Green Book

The Green Book was also known as The Negro Motorist Green Book, and later, The Negro Travelers’ Green Book and was named after its founder Victor Hugo Green. It was a travel guide for African Americans that was published from 1936 to 1966. As an annual guide, the book was designed to show businesses that did not discriminate against African American travelers.

Due to war efforts, the publication of The Green Book was briefly suspended between 1942 and 1946 during World War II. Soon after the return of Black soldiers, the need for the book picked back up in the just in time for the postwar travel boom in 1947.

The demand for The Green Book began to decrease after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed -- this legally prohibited racial segregation. However, the Green Book continued until 1966, and was published by Victor Green’s family after his death in 1960.

This structure was constructed in 1915 in a vernacular style with Italianate detailing and was demolished in 2021. It was located in the C.M. Holloway’s Subdivision, created in 1887 by Charles M. Holloway. Holloway was an avid businessman in the region, largely involved in steamboats, real estate,…
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The collated information from each year of Green Book entries reveals some confirmations of other research and some surprises. Here is a preliminary analysis of the data. Locations: Both the map and a categorization of addresses shows that the West End and Walnut Hills were centers of Black…
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