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.



Balnew Street Turner Station , Maryland

Adams St. service station

523 N. Adams St. Richmond, VA


2053 7th Ave. Harlem, NY

A. Eastmond

31 West 144th St. Harlem, NY

A. Edwards

112 Union Ave. New Rochelle, NY

A. E. Gabriel

635 Erie Ave. Niagara Falls, NY

African Room

730 Third Ave. Manhattan, NY

A. Higgs

721 Henderson West Brighton, NY

A. Higgs

721 Henderson Bronx, NY

Aina Luana Apartment Hotel

358 Royal Hawaiian Ave. Honolulu, HI

Ala Koa Apartment

2439 Koa Ave. Honolulu, HI


1056 Boston Road Bronx, NY

Ala Moana Ebbtide Hotel

1920 Ala Moana Honolulu, HI

A. Latimer Smith

2411 7th Ave Harlem, NY

A. L. Eastmond

37 West 144th St. Manhattan, NY

Alexander Motors

153rd St. and McCombs Place Manhattan, NY

Alexander's tourist home

413 Dyce St. Charlottesville, VA

Al Fras Service Station

William & Michigan Sts. Buffalo, NY


192 Broadway Buffalo, NY


59 W. 44 St. Manhattan, NY