As we drive this route today, we saw quite a few signs, especially at a rest stop along the way:
|A copy of the Green-Book|
from the Washington Post
The Washington Post currently has an article about "The Negro Motorist Green-Book," which informed black tourists of which places would welcome, or at least tolerate, them, and which ones were highly threatening. Especially dangerous were "sundown towns" where African Americans were not permitted to stay after dark. The article: "‘Life or death for black travelers’: How fear led to ‘The Negro Motorist Green-Book’" by DeNeen L. Brown.
“Sundown towns were throughout the country; they were everywhere. Even on Route 66. When you have that reality, you need a guide. You need something to tell you where you could stay that was safe,” said Candacy Taylor, a Harvard fellow quoted by the Post article. The article documented many of the restrictions on black travelers that the Green-Book, published from the 1930s to the 60s, helped to avoid.
|Here's the St.Louis arch which we zoomed past as we crossed the Mississippi River around noon today.|