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.


Wilson Beauty Parlor

118 Springfield Ave. Newark, NJ

Wilson Hotel

Main Street (formerly Crain Highway) Marlboro (Upper Marlboro), Maryland

Wilson's Tourist Home

Pine Brook, NJ

Wilson Villa

697 St. Anthony St. St. Paul, MN


2027 7th Ave Harlem, NY

Winbrook Restaurant

136 Brookfield St. White Plains, NY

Windermere Hotel

666 West End Ave. Manhattan, NY

Winn Tee Pee -- Cottage Motel

Hwys. 61-14-43, 1/2 1 Miles East (NE corner of intersection of Hwy 61 and Mankato Ave) Winona, MN

Winslow Hotel

45 E. 55th St. Manhattan, NY

W. J. McAvoy

703 Lenox Ave. Harlem, NY

W. J. McAvoy, Ignition

703 Lenox Harlem, NY

W. Johnson Tourist Home

N. 5th St. 400 blk. Moberly, MO

W.J. Stokes Restaurant

Route 17 Gloucester, VA

W. Langston Tourist Home

1010 N. Border St. Tyler, TX
1010 N. Border St. Tyler, TX

W. Martin Tourist Home

38 N. Hanover St. Cape Girardeau, MO

Wm. Eaton

Leland Road & Cainds Highway [unincorporated], Maryland

W.M. Tatum/Tatum's Inn

453 Brewer St. Norfolk, VA

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11 main st. Austin, TX 78701

Wolcott Hotel

4 W. 31st St. Manhattan, NY