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The Smithsonian’s Green Book Touring Exhibit Opens in Jackson


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A look at how African Americans traveled during the Jim Crow era in the United States is on display at the two Mississippi museums in downtown Jackson.

The Negro Motorist Green Book, a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, opened Saturday at the site, which is part of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, a Smithsonian affiliate.

It includes artifacts ranging from business signs and postcards to historical footage, images and first-hand accounts to convey not only the apprehension felt by black travellers, but also the resilience, innovation and elegance of people choosing to live a full American existence, officials said. Mississippi artifacts include items from the historic Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale and the EF Young Jr. Hotel in Meridian.

Two Mississippi Museums director Pamela DC Junior said she was thrilled the exhibit was housed at the site.

“During the Great Migration, families moved across the United States, hence the need to travel and visit relatives,” Junior said. “Postman Victor Green innovatively responded to this need with a road map of paradise to eat, rest and visit. This safety net was a key guide for people of color throughout southern Jim Crow and throughout other parts of America.

Green’s guide was published from 1936 to 1966 and was “an indispensable resource” for the nation’s rising African-American middle class, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History said in a press release.

The exhibit will run through Sunday, September 25 in the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Exhibit Hall at both Mississippi museums.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $8 for youth ages 4-22. Discounts are available for students, seniors, active duty military, veterans, and groups of ten or more. Admission for children under three is free. Sunday entry is also free.