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The West Baton Rouge Museum and the River Road African American Museum will host a screening of The Green Book: Guide to Freedom at the Manship Theatre on Friday, May 17 th at 7:00PM courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel. Maxine Crump, Director of Dialogue on Race, and Kathe Hambrick, Director of Interpretation at the West Baton Rouge Museum, will lead the Q&A immediately following the film. The film takes an in-depth look into the real story of Victor H. Green’s “The Negro Motorist Green Book” during the Jim Crow era and beyond.
In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. Called The Negro Motorist Green Book, it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph. Esso, also known as Standard Oil, now known as ExxonMobil, was a corporate sponsor of the Green Book and distributed the guide at gas stations throughout the country.
A common goal of the West Baton Rouge Museum and the River Road African American Museum Is to educate the public. The stories we tell through exhibits and programs are about freedom, resilience, and reconciliation. This screening of the Smithsonian documentary, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, is a collaborative effort between the two museums to bring communities together to learn about this important period in American history.
This screening is presented in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s exhibition, Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, which runs May 26, 2019. The exhibition is on loan from ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.