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.


Ardsley Acres Hotel Court

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

Argus Beauty Parlor

1008 N. Sarah St. St. Louis, MO

Argus Beauty Parlor

1008 N. Sarah Kansas City, MO

Aristic Beauty Parlor

1014 N. Whittier St. Louis, MO

Aristic Beauty Parlor

909 N. Taylor-8 St. Louis, MO

Arkansas Loan Company

428 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR

Arlene Beauty Parlor

2409 Vine St. Kansas City, MO


18 W. 25 St. Manhattan, NY

Arlington Inn

1253 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY

Armstrong's Garage

100 Main St. Orange, NJ

Armstrong's Motel

1207 31st Street Galveston, TX


348 William St. Buffalo, NY

Arrington Garage

153 Ridge Ave. Asbury Park, NJ

Arritha's Beauty Parlor

113 Alabama St. San Antonio, TX


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

Artistic Beauty Parlor

4257A Easton Ave. St. Louis, MO