Black, White, and Yellow Taxis: Morris County and The Green Book

Sunday, July 28, 2024
2:00 pm


The first edition of the “Negro Motorist Green Book” came out in 1936, published by a New Jersey postal carrier as a way to guide African-Americans to welcome businesses during their travels across the country. The Green Book was published annually, and during the 30 years of its publication, New Jersey had some 581 individual businesses listed in 31 different towns.

Madison had three listings, Morristown had two, and research into what those businesses were and who operated them illuminates a whole chapter of mid-20th century history. Janet W. Foster has been working on the New Jersey Greenbook project for two years, with a team of scholars from around the state, to identify sites listed in the Green Book. Janet has taught at Columbia University, Drew University, and for the Madison Library Mini-Courses series.

Janet will present this program in the Library’s Lower Level Meeting Room on Sunday, July 28th at 2:00 p.m.