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Source:  Business Insider

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, “Green Book” has been a focus for critics and audiences this awards season — for both negative and positive reasons — but a new Smithsonian Channel documentary aims to focus the conversation on the real Green Book, a pre-civil-rights-era travel guide for African Americans throughout the U.S.

“The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” recounts the history of the Negro Motorist Green Book, a history that the movie only briefly references.

Created in 1936 by Victor Green, a postal worker from Harlem, the Green Book originated as a guide to businesses in New York City that welcomed African Americans customers.

In the years that followed, it evolved into a country-spanning travel and vacation guide that ultimately included over 900 locations (only one third of which are still standing, according to the documentary).

“The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” premieres on the Smithsonian Channel on February 25.

Read the story at Business Insider.

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