The Negro Motorist Green Book is Everybody’s Business

Presenters: Clare Robinson, PhD, University of Arizona; Susan Bierer, North Wind Resource Consulting; Douglas Towne, Arizona Contractor and Community Magazine; Erica LeClaire, University of Arizona

The Negro Motorist Green Book steered African Americans travelers toward friendly businesses during the final decades of racial segregation. Originally for New York, published listings soon expanded to include the United States. Few of the businesses listed in the Green Book are extant in Arizona but the sites and neighborhoods of businesses evidence Arizona’s mid-century automobile tourism and the geography of the State’s complex racial and ethnic past. Presenters will introduce the significance of the book; discuss extant buildings and the geographic scope of demolished structures; and consider the virtual preservation of Arizona’s businesses and urban areas welcoming of African American travelers.