Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Traveling for Black drivers could be perilous during the Jim Crow era. Safety was a serious concern for Black travelers wondering where they could find a safe place to eat or stay.

On Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., learn more about this topic during History at Home, held in the McLane Room at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Nicholas Hoffman of the Wisconsin Historical Society and Dr. Sabrina Robins of African American Heritage, Inc. will discuss their research on Green Book sites in Wisconsin. 

The "Negro Motorist Green Book" helped Black Americans travel safely during the Jim Crow era. Between 1936 and 1967, it was a trusted source on lodging and other establishments that were Black-owned or non-discriminatory.

History at Home programs focus on stories about the area's past every month. Programs are held on the second Thursday of every month at 6 pm in the McLane Room. The programs are free; no registration is necessary to attend. Those who are unable to attend in person may watch live via Facebook at facebook.com/FDLPL. Many History at Home programs also are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel.