Before the Triptik…at Least for Blacks

Traveling by car “back in the day” was a completely different experience than today.

Folks who look like me couldn’t just stop anywhere to eat or sleep or even get gas. Many places — most notably in the South, but really anywhere once you got outside the cities — refused to serve blacks.

Enter The Green Book.

The Green Book, started by a mailman named Green, showed you where you could go without fear of being mistreated or humiliated across North America.

CNN did a fascinating piece this week that chronicled the history of The Green Book and all that went with it…a forgotten piece of Americana…and the reality of America in those days for blacks.


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