Monday, January 18, 2016

Appropriate for Today's MLK Commemoration: The Negro Motorist Greenbook

From the Jan. 16, 2016, Route 66 News Blog.

The book said it as well as it could, "You may need It."

Victor H. Green published it from 1936-1964 to "give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulty, embarrassment and to make his trip more enjoyable."

The book gave a complete list of businesses like motels, gas stations, barber shops, beauty salons and restaurants where blacks were welcome.

Sadly, these were the years of Jim Crow laws and "Sundown Towns."  Sundown Towns were ones where all blacks had to be out by sundown or bad things would happen to them.  Sadly, Route 66 was into that sort of thing, especially in southern Illinois, Missouri and Texas.

I Am Glad That Things Have Gotten better Thanks to the Efforts of Dr. King and Others.  --RoadDog

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