History Center to host talk on Green Book


David Layne, an adult educator and travel writer from New York Mills, will share the story of the “Negro Motorist Green Book,” the travel guide for black motorists in the mid-20th century, at the Oneida County History Center June 12

The guide was featured in the Oscar-winning film “Green Book.” The Green Book was a critical travel guide for African-Americans who struggled to travel safely throughout the U.S. Victor Hugo Green published the first edition in 1936, creating what would become the national travel guide for black motorists.

The Green Book provided the locations of travel and other services, but even more important served as a way to avoid refusal of service, harassment, discrimination, and threats.

Layne’s essays and nonfiction articles have appeared in various professional journals, including the featured article in the Winter 2019 Edition of New York Archives, on the Green Book.

Layne’s passion is adventure travel and he travels the world pursuing outdoor excitement.

The program is 5:30 p.m. June 12 in the History Center’s main gallery at 1608 Genesee St. in Utica.

The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley.

Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged.

For more information call 315-735-3642 or go online to www.oneidacountyhistory.org.


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