Fort Worth Museum of Science and History presents "Fort Worth and the Green Book"
Black travelers in the 1930s, ‘40s, and ’50s faced many unique challenges both on and off the road. The exhibition "Fort Worth and the Green Book" explores how Black travelers navigated the roads and racism in mid-century Texas.
As car ownership exploded in the first half of the 20th century, Americans wanted to travel like never before. The call of the road was felt by motorists of all backgrounds, but Black Americans faced discrimination, racism, and segregation at various points in their travels. Through their desire to enjoy safe travel and community, Black populations created the “Negro Motorist Green Book,” an annual guide featuring restaurants, hotels, and many other businesses deemed safe for Black travelers and road trippers.
This family-friendly exhibition explores what the travel experience was like, as well as the remarkable guide that helped Black Americans adventure with confidence. Step into the times through an immersive photo experience, chart a safe path through Texas using the Green Book as a resource and examine artifacts from Fort Worth history and beyond. Guests can interact together with guided sets of questions to spark discussion with their family members or friends.