270. Other African American Travel Guides

Two forces created a need for African American travel guides: first, laws and customs restricting African Americans’ movement and, second, the increase in business and leisure travel by automobile.


Other African American travel guides published in this era included Grayson’s Travel and Business Guide; Directory of Negro Hotels and Guest Houses in the United States, and Smith’s Tourist Guide.

“… a vehicle provided black families with the freedom and job opportunities they needed to pull themselves out of the servant class and into a stable middle-class lifestyle.”

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor, p. 37

Other African American Travel Guides at the New York Public Library:

Hackley and Harrison's, 1930.

Hackley and Harrison's, 1931.

Smith's Tourist Guide, 1940

The Go Guide to Pleasant Motoring