In the mid-twentieth century, African American travelers required the same types of services as their white counterparts. The Green Book’s listings were varied enough to enable young people coming to a strange city to arrive at the local YMCAs and YWCAs after finding a friendly taxi cab driver at the train station while also helping families find their way to a tourist home or musicians to a suitable hotel.

For African Americans traveling between the relative freedom of a hometown to less familiar places, the listings for gas stations, motels, and pharmacies ensured safe passage in distant towns. For guests traveling to large cities for social events, the publication helped travelers find dance halls and restaurants in a timely manner. As time passed, The Green Book grew to include a very wide range of establishment types that answered every possible traveling need.


20th Century Night Club

21 West Oliver Street Baltimore, Maryland

3 Roses

300 Lenox Ave Harlem, NY

4 Leaf Clover Restaurant

63 Martine Ave. White Plains, NY
70 Dobbs Ferry Road White Plains, NY

5th Ave. & 212 Motel

U. S. 212 Watertown, SD

721 St. Nicholas Ave. Grill

Harlem, NY

7 Moons

793 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY

7 Ports

1604 Broadway Manhattan, NY

7th Ave

2051 7th Ave Harlem, NY


845 Prospect Ave Bronx, NY

A & A Garage

Cor. Beaver & Clarissa Rochester, NY
368 Clarissa Street -- Empire 0338 Rochester, NY

A & B

724 S. McBride St. Syracuse, NY


151 W. 51 St. Manhattan, NY

A.B.C. Motel

U. S. 212 Phillip, SD

Abercrombie & Fitch

Madison Avenue & 45th St. Manhattan, NY

A. Berry

50 DeWitts Pl. New Rochelle, NY

Abner Virginia Motel

115 Bragg Drive Tall, VA

Abraham's Restaurant

39th and Hi-way Hampton, VA

Abraham's Taxi Service

Hampton, VA

Ace Auto Supply

207 St. Nicholas Ave. Manhattan, NY

Ace High

1172 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY