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.


Barbeque Inn

622 W. 20th St. Cheyenne, WY


501 West 142 St. Harlem, NY

Barber shop

118 S. Mallory Phoebus, VA

Barber Shop

2603 1/2 Prospect Ave Kansas City, MO


106 Central Pk. Manhattan, NY

Barbour's Tourist Home

814 Rightor Street Helena, AR


153 South St. Orange, NJ


9 Monmouth St. Newark, NJ


818 S. 9th St. Camden, NJ


413 Michigan Ave. Buffalo, NY


2379 7th Ave Harlem, NY

Bar Harbour Motel

5050 Sunrise Hwy. Massapequa Park Nassau , NY


2125 Eighth Ave. Manhattan, NY


85 N. E. Broadway Portland, OR
84 N. E. Broadway St. Portland, OR

Barrett's Restaurant

2069 N. 3rd St. Kansas City, MO


514 Classon Ave. Brooklyn, NY
1125 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY

B. Ashford Tourist Home

902 N. 8th St. Waco, TX
902 N. 8th St. Waco, TX

Basin Street

137 E. 48th Street Manhattan, NY


US 1 (7436 Washington Boulevard) Elkridge, Maryland

Battery Park

Lower Broadway at the Battery Manhattan, NY