Welcome to Green Book Cleveland

Welcome to Green Book Cleveland, a new resource from Cleveland State University Center for Public History + Digital Humanities.

From the Introduction:

“Victor H. Green’s Green Book guides, published between 1936 and 1966 to help Black motorists find courteous service and avoid harassment or the embarrassment of rejection in their travels, have drawn new interest in recent years in journalism, scholarship, and popular culture. In addition to countless news items, recent books by Mia Bay, Gretchen Sorin, and Candacy Taylor and even a Hollywood film underscore the degree to which the Green Book has been a touchstone for explorations of African American travel.

Green Book Cleveland sets out to map and further document the more than four dozen Cleveland-area Green Book sites, as well as dozens more that never appeared in any of its 23 national editions. The Green Book never captured the full range of entertainment, leisure, and recreation sites that African Americans enjoyed. Green Book Cleveland seeks to document Black economic life, from restaurants, taverns, and nightclubs to beauty and barber shop and even the garages and service stations that facilitated travel within and beyond Black neighborhoods like Cedar-Central and “surrogate suburbs” like Glenville and Lee-Harvard. These are mostly stories of small business owners and the clienteles they served, but they extend to stories of struggles simply to enjoy fresh air and cool water.”