A new exhibit on the Jim Crow era of legal segregation will be on display at Spencer’s NC Transportation Museum starting Friday. The exhibit focuses specifically on significant sites and personal memories of American travels during the Jim Crow era and the Green Book, which was published between 1936 and 1966 and served as a guide for black Americans. It contained names of hotels, restaurants, gas stations, tourist residences, taxi services, barbers, and other businesses considered safe. The exhibit on display starting Friday highlights a complex web of business owners and Green Book sites across the state. It will be on display until February 28, 2021. Eight dynamic panels make up the traveling exhibit and feature images of business owners, travelers, and historical and current images of North Carolina Green Book sites. Words of African-American travelers and descendants of Green Book site owners are highlighted. Each of the stories are drawn from oral histories collected by the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission in 2018 and 2019. The exhibit will be featured in the museum’s bumper-to-bumper exhibit, where it will be surrounded period vehicles and period of time, creating an immersive visitor experience. There is no additional charge to view this exhibit. It is available at the regular museum admission price of $ 6 for adults, $ 5 for seniors and military personnel, and $ 4 for children aged 3 to 12. Free for children 2 and under. The museum offers contactless online ticket purchases. Tickets can also be purchased on-site at the Barber Junction Visitor Center, where social distancing markers and plexiglass shields will separate staff from visitors. This exhibition was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information about the exhibit, please call (919) 814-6516.
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