To browse through an edition of The Negro Motorist Green-Book in 2019 (as can be done through digital library archives) is a disquieting experience. These books, written by Victor Hugo Green in 1936 and published for thirty years, offered advice to African Americans travelling in the segregated American South. They nominated places to eat, sleep, sight-see, and others where they might be refused service or face abuse and even physical danger.
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Barnaby Smith is a writer, critic, poet and musician currently based in northern New South Wales. His has written for Rolling Stone, the ABC, The Guardian, The Lifted Brow, The Quietus, Art Guide, Southerly, Cordite, Best Australian Poems and many others. In 2018 he won the Scarlett Award for art writing.
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