Green Books' "Oasis Spaces"

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Event Description

This evening begins with the launch of the new traveling exhibit “Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina.” Developed by the NC African American Heritage Commission with funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the exhibit explores The Negro Motorist Green Book: A guide and resistance tool which fostered a crucial network that allowed African American communities to thrive during a turbulent period in North Carolina.  

Following this launch, watch screening of The Green Book Guide to Freedom (TVPG rating: TV-PG; run time: 60 min.), at 7:00 p.m. This Smithsonian Channel documentary chronicles the guide that helped African American motorists travel safely across America during the Jim Crow era. 

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, Shaw University, will moderate a panel discussion following the screening. She will be in conversation with:

  • Dr. Torren Gatson, Assistant Professor of Public History, UNC Greensboro
  • Reginald Hodges, Arts and Culture Catalyst and Greensboro Native
  • Bobby Ledbetter, Elder with experiences being and working at Plaza Manor Hotel
  • Natalie Pass Miller, Proprietor, Magnolia House 
  • Lisa R. Withers, Research Historian, NC Green Book Project

This event was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MH-00-18-0031-17.

Presented by the NC African American Heritage Commission and the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, in partnership with the Greensboro Historical Museum and with support from The Smithsonian Channel. 

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