The Program in Visual Arts hosts a screening of The Green Book: Guide to Freedom at the Princeton Garden Theatre, followed by a Q&A with writer/director Yoruba Richen and Professor of Visual Arts Su Friedrich. The film takes a deeper look into the real story of Victor H. Green’s “The Negro Motorist Green Book” during the Jim Crow era and beyond.

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.

Tickets are free for Princeton University faculty, students, and staff — present Princeton ID at box office in advance or night of event to claim free tickets. General admission tickets are available through the Garden Theatre box office.


This event is cosponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of African American Studies.


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Presented By

  • Department of African American Studies
  • Program in Visual Arts