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.


19th St. Garage

1510 E. 19th St. Kansas City, MO

20th Century

21 West Oliver Street Baltimore, Maryland

20th Century Tavern

718 N. Vandeventer-8 St. Louis, MO

2 Door Tavern

1513 Springwood Ave. Neptune, NJ
1512 Springwood Ave. Asbury Park, NJ

2nd Ave. Motel

214 Long Dallas, TX

2 Sisters Beauty Parlor

4556 Aldine Ave. St. Louis, MO

3 Roses

300 Lenox Ave Harlem, NY

4 Leaf Clover Restaurant

63 Martine Ave. White Plains, NY
70 Dobbs Ferry Road White Plains, NY

4th Ward Club

1035 Baltimore Ave. Linden, NJ


570 Market St. Newark, NJ

5th Ave. & 212 Motel

U. S. 212 Watertown, SD

721 St. Nicholas Ave. Grill

Harlem, NY

7 Moons

793 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY

7 Ports

1604 Broadway Manhattan, NY

7th Ave

2051 7th Ave Harlem, NY


845 Prospect Ave Bronx, NY

8th St. Motel

1937 8th St. Dallas, TX

921 Hotel

921 East 17th Street Kansas City, MO

A & A Garage

Cor. Beaver & Clarissa Rochester, NY
368 Clarissa Street -- Empire 0338 Rochester, NY

A & B

724 S. McBride St. Syracuse, NY