Green Book Project

Did you know that over 300 businesses in North Carolina were listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book? In fact, there were 327. 

Over the course of several months, Green Book Project staff will research each of these sites before developing an interactive web portal that will allow visitors to explore each site in depth through historical vignettes, stories and images. A traveling exhibition and a series of public programs will be produced to highlight the experiences of African American travelers during the Jim Crow Era in North Carolina, too.

Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina

“The Negro Motorist Green Book,” published between 1936 and 1966, was both a travel guide and a tool of resistance designed to confront the realities of racial discrimination in the United States and beyond. The book listed over 300 North Carolina businesses—from restaurants and hotels, to tourist homes, nightclubs and beauty salons—in the three decades that it was published. The exhibit highlights a complex statewide network of business owners and Green Book sites that allowed African American communities to thrive, and that created “oasis spaces” for a variety of African American travelers.

Two identical traveling exhibits feature eight vibrant panels showcasing images of business owners, travelers, and historic and present-day images of North Carolina Green Book sites. The words of African American travelers and descendants of Green Book site owners are featured prominently in the exhibit. Each of these stories are from oral histories collected by the AAHC in 2018 and 2019.

This exhibit was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MH-00-17-0027-17.

Exhibit Schedule:

Host Site Address Dates
NC Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Dr, Spencer, NC 28159 July 10-September 7, 2020
Stagville State Historic Site
5828 Old Oxford, Highway, Durham, NC 27712
July 13-August 28, 2020
North Carolina State Capitol
1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
August 31-October 26, 2020
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Allegra Westbrooks (Beatties Ford Road) Regional 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216 September 8-October 10, 2020
Burke County Public Library 204 S King St, Morganton, NC 28655 November 20-December 18, 2020
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum 6136 Burlington Rd, Gibsonville, NC 27249 December 11, 2020-January 22, 2021
The Historic Magnolia House 442 Gorrell St, Greensboro, NC 27406 January 29-March 1, 2021
Central Piedmont Community College Multiple Campuses March 5-May 1, 2021
Tryon Palace 529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562 March 8-May 3, 2021
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science 814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 July 2-August 29, 2021

The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences

270 Gay St, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 July 16-August 13, 2021
Museum of the Albemarle 501 S Water St, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 September 6-October 29, 2021
Somerset Place State Historic Site 2572 Lake Shore Rd, Creswell, NC 27928 November 5-December 17, 2021

This schedule is subject to shift due to restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact host site to learn more about accessing the exhibit.

This schedule will be updated periodically. Exhibit will be available to book for Spring 2021 beginning in December 2020. Please contact greenbooknc@ncdcr.gov for all schedule or booking inquiries.

Online Exhibit

Our online exhibit explores North Carolina's Green Book Project