Speakers share Green Book experiences

Speakers share Green Book experiences
Posted on 07/19/2021
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The Maria V. Howard Arts Center at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will hold a series of programs as an extension of its exhibit, “Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina.” The exhibit will be displayed until Aug. 13 and highlights Green Book listings specific to Rocky Mount.

When African-Americans traveled during the Jim Crow era, they often were turned away from staying at certain hotels and eating at particular restaurants. The Green Book was published yearly from 1937-1967 and listed black-owned businesses and black friendly businesses across the country.

On Monday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m., Vannette Pittman Woods will speak about her experiences growing up in her family business, the Lincoln Park Motel and Restaurant. Mrs. Pittman Woods will be joined at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 by Angela Bryant. The two will read from “Ruth and the Green Book,” and lead a discussion geared toward children. At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, Bryant will talk about her family’s business, the Wright’s Motel and Chick Shack.

All programs will be held at the Imperial Centre. Call 972-1175 for more information.