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.


B. Boyd’s Beauty Parlor

43 Camp St. Providence, RI

B. Carey

2521 8th Ave. Harlem, NY

Beach Haven Hotel

243 Beach 19th St., Far Rockaway 91 Queens, NY

Beacon Motel

Smithtown Bypass & Jericho Tpke., Nesconset Suffolk, NY

Bea Jay

1722 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY


300 West 116th St. Harlem, NY


322 St. Nicholas Ave. Harlem, NY

Beauty Salon

481 Clarissa St. Rochester, NY


1153 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Bedford Lounge

1194 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY

Bedford Rest

1253 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Bee Bee's Blueplate

2373 7th Ave Harlem, NY


202 West 130th St. Harlem, NY

Belfred Court

Corner Montcalm Street & Wayne Avenue Ticonderoga, NY


197 William St. Buffalo, NY

Bell's Bar

Broadway & 149th Harlem, NY

Bells Cafe

207 South 3rd St. Minneapolis, MN

Bell's Cocktail Lounge

3616 Broadway Harlem, NY

Bell's Restaurant

3618 Broadway at 149th St. Harlem, NY


2812 8th Ave. Harlem, NY