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Exploring the ‘Green Book’ in Rhode Island

Posted 2/17/21

“The Green Book,” a 2019 Academy Award winning movie, depicted the humiliationsan African American classical musician faced while on a concert tour through the South in the 1950s. It …

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Exploring the ‘Green Book’ in Rhode Island

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“The Green Book,” a 2019 Academy Award winning movie, depicted the humiliationsan African American classical musician faced while on a concert tour through the South in the 1950s. It introduced moviegoers to the preeminent guide book used by African Americans traveling through the South before passage of the Civil Rights Act, “The Negro Motorist’s Green Book.”

“The Green Book” contained 24 listings for Rhode Island. On Monday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., Catherine W. Zipf will discuss several of those listings, their history, and what they tell us about Rhode Island’s pre- Civil Rights era. Her talk, “African-American Travel Guides: Listings from The Negro Motorist Green Book in Rhode Island,” is sponsored by the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society and will be presented via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.


Zipf is executive director of the Bristol Preservation Society and the author of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater: American Architecture in the Depression Era.” To register for this program, go to www.info@eghps.org. You will receive a Zoom link one day before the program.

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