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.


Baldwin's Pharmacy

141 Fayette Street Martinsville, VA


1096 Amsterdam Ave Harlem, NY

Ballard's Tavern

1805 Gregg Yes Houston, TX

Ballot Box

1504 N. Williams Ave. Portland, OR

Ballot Box

1508 N. Williams Ave. Portland, OR


56 Brook St. New Rochelle, NY


101 Sollers Point Road, Turner Station , Maryland


416 William St. Buffalo, NY

Bamboo Restaurant

755 S. State St. Salt Lake City, UT


Franklin and Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY


Main and Elmer Sts. Hartford, CT

Band Box Beauty Parlor

135 N. Mesquite St. San Antonio, TX


122 Troy Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Bangor House Motor Hotel

174 Main St. (at Union St.) Bangor, ME


1217 Madison Avenue Baltimore, Maryland


2338 - 8th Ave Harlem, NY

Banner Lodge

Banner Rd. Moodus, CT

Banner Motel

1406 N. Main St., U. S. 30 Pocatello , ID

Bar '61

61 W. 125th St. Harlem, NY

Bar 688

688 Halsey St. Brooklyn, NY