The Green Book Today

By  |  January 23, 2019
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Artist: Sarah Hoskins

Project:  The Places That Were Safe: What Sanctuary Looks Like Now

Description: In an homage to Victor Hugo Green’s The Negro Motorist Green Book—a guidebook first published in 1936 as a depository of safe spaces for African-American travelers—Sarah Hoskins set out to photograph these landmarks as they stand today. While some buildings still hold the businesses that operated then, many have assumed different uses. Some simply sit abandoned, and others were demolished entirely. Hoskins captured these structures and their surroundings, compiling her own visual, contemporary list of the stops necessitated by discrimination in the Jim Crow era. Many of the photos’ captions share the address’s title as it was listed in a 1956 edition of the Green Book, which Hoskins used to guide her project.


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sarah’s photography is currently on view in the PhotoNOLA CURRENTS Exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Art. Her work is also touring as part of the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, which began in May 2018 and will continue through October 2020, including stops in Normandy, France, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. You can view more of her work on her website.

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