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Historic Annapolis Hosts: The Legacy of the Green Book, A Smithsonian Affiliations Virtual Scholar Talk


Contact: Carrie Kiewitt
Phone: 410.626.1033

Annapolis, MD – On Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7 pm, join Historic Annapolis, the Smithsonian  Affiliations, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and author, photographer, and cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor to explore the legacy of the Green Book, its impact on communities, businesses, and families, and its relevance today. This event on Zoom will be a simultaneous broadcast to select Smithsonian Affiliate partners only, across the United States. After the program's interview format, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in the chat. The talk is free, however registration is required and can be made at or by calling 410.267.7619.

In 1936, Victor Hugo Green, a Harlem postman, began publishing a guide for African American travelers to offer travel options during America’s Jim Crow era. The Green Book, as it was known, was a sustained success for almost thirty years. The book became a vital resource for traveling people of color in a time of pervasive segregation when strict local and state laws dictated which businesses Black travelers could patronize. Those who attempted to disobey these laws faced arrest, fines, humiliation, violence and even death.

The talk will be moderated by Marquette Folley, a social and cultural historian and exhibition developer and project manager, and current director of the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Services (SITES).

About the Panelist:
Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer, and cultural documentarian working on a multidisciplinary project based on The Negro Motorist Green Book. Taylor is the author of Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America (Abrams Books, 2020). She is the curator and content specialist of the exhibition The Negro Motorist Green Book, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services.

Taylor was a fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University under the direction of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and her projects have been commissioned and funded by numerous organizations including the Library of Congress, National Geographic, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

About Historic Annapolis:
Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, Maryland. Our mission is to Preserve and Protect the historic places, objects, and stories of Maryland’s capital city, and provide engaging experiences that Connect people to the area’s diverse heritage. Historic Annapolis is one of only six museums in Maryland who have been named Smithsonian Affiliates. For more information or to get involved with Historic Annapolis, visit