This 1956 guidebook for black travelers is an incredible reminder of America’s racist realities

………Interesting. I didn’t know something like this existed. I haven’t had a chance yet to read it, but I will be. If you are white, like I am, we cannot fathom what it is like to walk in the shoes of people who had to deal with situations that were not common for us.

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This 1956 guidebook for black travelers is an incredible reminder of America’s racist realities

Courtesy of the University of South Carolina, South Caroliniana Library

During the Jim Crow era, traveling in the United States for African-Americans was difficult and often dangerous. Motels and restaurants didn’t have to serve you if they didn’t want to. “Sundown towns”—places where it was unsafe to be black at night—dotted the nation’s geography. If you were driving around the country, the only way to know if you were safe was by word-of-mouth.

But a black civic leader named Victor H. Green came up with a better, more permanent solution. In the early 1930s, he began publishing a compendium of tips…

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    1. I didn’t either. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I think it will bee very enlightening. I know the life of the black race has been very different, on average, from the lives of the white race, but I don’t think we understand how much that affects the every day life of people who have had to live it.

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