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.


Yorktown Motor Lodge

U.S. Rt. 202-Taconic Pkwy., Yorktown Hts. Westchester, NY

Young's Beauty Parlor

613 West Lafayette Avenue Baltimore, Maryland

Your Pal Beauty Salon

22 West 133rd St. Harlem, NY

Your Tire

250 Broadway Buffalo, NY


7th Ave & 137th St. Harlem, NY

Y. W. C. A.

306 E. 3rd St. Salt Lake City, UT

Y. W. C. A.

N. E. Williams Ave. at Tillamook Portland, OR


123 West 5th Street St. Paul, MN


809 N. Aldrich Ave. Minneapolis, MN


10th Ave and Walnut St. Wilmington, DE

YWCA - 7th St Richmond

515 N. 7th St. Richmond, VA

YWCA - Baltimore

1916 Madison Avenue Baltimore, Maryland

YWCA (Colored)

1200 Druid Hill Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21217

YWCA - Gainsboro Rd, Roanoke

416 Gainsboro Rd Roanoke, VA

YWCA - Lynchburg

613 Monroe St. Lynchburg, VA

YWCA - Norfolk

729 Washington Ave. Norfolk, VA

YWCA - Orange Ave Richmond

Orange Ave Richmond, VA

YWCA - Roanoke

208 2nd St., NW Roanoke, VA


2267 7th Ave Harlem, NY


557 Clinton St. Buffalo, NY