Jim Crow segregation meant that African American travelers couldn’t count on the typical parts of a road trip: filling the tank at a gas station, grabbing a bite at a restaurant, or staying the night in a motel. This book mapped out a safe route of accommodations, and came out every year from 1937 through 1964.
Its 1948 edition contained this quote from publishers Victor and Alma Green:
“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.”
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