Michigan State exhibit showcases black travelers' green book

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EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - A new Michigan State University exhibit is built around a 20th century guidebook that a generation of black motorists used during the segregation era to find places where they could safely sleep, eat, shop or find services while traveling.

The exhibit for "The Negro Motorists' Green Book" runs at the East Lansing school until the end of November. It will also introduce the guide's creator, Victor H. Green.

Green's book listed 86 black-friendly Detroit businesses and five in Lansing from 1936 to 1966. The exhibit presents before-and-after pictures of the businesses, showing how they looked 50 to 80 years ago and today.

The historical display follows the 2018 release of "Green Book," an Oscar-winning film highlighting the guide that African-Americans consulted when traveling in the South during the Jim Crow era.

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