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.


Belmont Plaza

49 St. & Lexington Ave Manhattan, NY

Benjamin's Confectionery and Dining Room

223 S. Green Street Portsmouth, VA


809 S. McBride St. Syracuse, NY
512 Harrison Street Syracuse, NY
521 Harrison St. Syracuse, NY


829 S. Townsend St. Syracuse, NY
601 Harrison St. Syracuse, NY

Bergdorf Goodman

5th Avenue & 58th Street Manhattan, NY


186 Jefferson Brooklyn, NY


1439 Pennsylvania Avenue Baltimore, Maryland

Bernice's Cafeteria

105 Kingston Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Berry Bros.

1714 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY

Bertie's Road House

2422 Annapolis Road Baltimore, Maryland


5th Avenue & 51st Street Manhattan, NY

Bethpage Motel

Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage Nassau , NY

Betsy Ann

442 North Ave. New Rochelle, NY

Betty's beauty parlor

641 E. Brambleton Ave. Norfolk, VA

Betty's Blue Room

1363 Stebbins Ave. Bronx, NY


296 Manhatten Ave. Harlem, NY
350 Manhatten Ave Harlem, NY


350 Manhattan Ave. Harlem, NY

Beverly Bros. Tavern

R.F.D. No. 1 Hewlett, VA

Beverly Hills

303 West 145th St. Harlem, NY

B & F Tailors

1005 Apperson Street Little Rock, AR