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The Green Book Project

  • Cossitt Library 33 South Front Street Memphis, TN, 38103 United States (map)

Join us Thursday, May 24 for a panel discussion on the historic Green Book as an atlas of black self-reliance and economic power that could be used to build a more just America.

Presented by Grits Co., The Green Book Project is a web documentary that includes photos, interviews, and history of African American experiences traveling across the United States. The Project follows the Levi Family as they revisit locations listed in the publication, comparing the past to the present.

Grits Co. is bringing this web-based project to Memphis, as it comes to life through a presentation and interactive gallery.

About the Green Book

During the Jim Crow Era, it was rare for African Americans to have the means to travel or to have equal rights. White supremacists feared and sought to restrict black mobility. But many African American families were moving from farms to big cities to take on industrial jobs creating a financial gain that helped them attain vehicles. Several cities and states would still find a way to discriminate against the Negro traveler although it was made illegal in the Civil Rights Act of 1875. Blacks had to work together to travel and vacation across the US with the help of the historic "Negro Motorist Green Book", a collection of motels, gas stations, restaurants, and more.

Visit the Green Book Project.



About the Speakers

Toya & Reuben Levi

Grits Co.

Grits Co. is a literal mom and pop shop putting their creative spin on clothing and accessories out of Houston, TX. They’ve a growing loyal following, and for good reason. Details like hand chainstitched lettering and dead-stock heritage fabrics compliment designs inspired by classic imagery of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. It’s all brought to life by the company’s fearless feathered mascot, Roscrow.

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