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.



Fulton & Throop Ave. Brooklyn, NY


141 Broadway Buffalo, NY
132 Broadway Buffalo, NY

Ardsley Acres Hotel Court

560 Saw Mill River Rd. (Rt. 9A), Ardsley Westchester, NY

Arkansas Loan Company

428 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR


18 W. 25 St. Manhattan, NY

Arlington Inn

1253 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY


348 William St. Buffalo, NY


2481 8th Ave Harlem, NY


2481 8th Ave. Harlem, NY

Arthur's Drug Store

744 Church Norfolk, VA

Arthur's Pharmacy

300 Joseph Ave. Rochester, NY


271 Spring St. Buffalo, NY

Art's Lounge

1164 Jefferson Ave. Buffalo, NY


Erie Ave. Niagara Falls, NY

Ashley Motor Court

U. S. Rt. 59, Nanuet Rockland, NY


Broadway at 45th Street Manhattan, NY


44 St. & Broadway Manhattan, NY

Atlantic Cafe

103 Halifax Petersburg, VA

Atlantic Esso Station

107 E. Atlantic Street Emporia, VA

Aunt Dinah's Kitchen

172 W. 135th Harlem, NY