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.


Allen's Rms. Tourist Home

638 N. Jefferson St. Springfield, MO

Allen's Tavern

2402 Elgin Yes Houston, TX

Allerton House

130 E. 57 St. Manhattan, NY

Alley's Garage

1101 North Cedar Street Pine Bluff, AR


1345 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY


314 Williams Buffalo, NY

Alma's Beauty Parlor

2736 Lyons Yes Houston, TX

Almond House

210 Almond St. Syracuse, NY

Alonzo Ward Hotel

S. Main St. Aberdeen, SD

Alpha Bar Tavern

302 E. 9th St. Roselle, NJ

Alpine House

197 W. Kinney St. Newark, NJ
345 Washington St. Newark, NJ


Clinton & Emslie St. Buffalo, NY


57 Lenox Ave Harlem, NY


415 West 125th St. Harlem, NY

Al's Barber Shop

144 Main St. Tuckahoe, NY

Al's Garage

38-44 W. 144th St. Manhattan, NY

Al Smith's Service Station

2701 Marshall Ave. Newport News, VA


Northwest & Calvert Streets Annapolis, Maryland

Al's Restaurant

1550 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY

Alston's Esso

Church St corner of 20th Norfolk, VA