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Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Sun Oct 15,2017 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Carlton Hall from the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs offers a look at a previously undocumented time in the pre-Civil Rights era and the difficulties that African-American motorists faced in obtaining gas, food, and lodging.
With segregation limiting services to African-American travelers in the 1920s-1965 era, travel by car or train was difficult. One of the very few gas companies that would sell to African-Americans was the former Standard Oil Company at its Esso Stations. These stations also sold a small publication called "The Negro Green Book," which listed businesses that would sell to Negroes. A comment from the original 1936 edition states:
"With the introduction of this travel guide... it has been our idea to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments, and to make his trips more enjoyable."
This included restaurants, gas stations, and hotels where African-American travelers could trade. Researchers at the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs have uncovered that only four towns in Delaware were listed in various editions of the guide book: Wilmington, Townsend, Dover, and Laurel. Carlton Hall from the Division will discuss this information at the program as well as offer the audience a look at a contemporary children's book that teaches new generations about this time in American history. "Ruth and the Green Book," available for checkout at the library, tells the story of discrimination in a way that children can understand.
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