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Day 11: Tales about the little-known but widely used book during the Jim Crow era resurfaces

28 Days of Black History

So what did people do about travel during the era of Jim Crow? They planned ahead and proceeded carefully. The Green Book helped black travelers navigate the dangers of racial segregation throughout the country. They’d use the book, compiled by a Harlem mail carrier, Victor Hugo Green, in 1936 to find lodging, food and other safe spaces for black people on their travels. The book was in circulation for three decades.


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