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.



Tarrytown Rd. & Perishing St. White Plains, NY

Austins Tavern

Maryland and Baltic Aves. Atlantic City, NJ


303 North Broadway Rochester, MN

Avalon Restaurant

1510 Ramirez Corpus Christi, TX


509 Fifth Ave Manhattan, NY

A.V.'s Beauty Parlor

919 S Compton St. Louis, MO

A. W. Hurley Tourist Home

26 Barnes St. Trenton, NJ

A. Winston Tourist Home

3205 Almeda St. El Paso, TX

Azalie Beauty Parlor

4621 Easton Ave.-13 St. Louis, MO

Aztex Room

1147 Springwood Ave. Asbury Park, NJ

Baby Grand

1274 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY

Baby Grand

319 West 125th St. Harlem, NY


81 Homestead Ave. Hartford, CT

Bagley's Restaurant & Summer Garden

2561 E. 16th St. Brooklyn, NY

Bailey's Acres

Rural Route 2, Box 95A Chestertown, Maryland

Bailey's Cottage Tourist Home

1812 Arctic Ave. Atlantic City, NJ

Baker house hotel

419 Nicholson Williamsburg, VA


6535 N. E. Grand Ave. Portland, OR


302 W. 118th St. Harlem, NY

Baldwin Cottage

610 11th Ave. Belmar, NJ