Speakers to Bring Experiences from Rocky Mount Green Book Locations

The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount NC. It is located on the former sites of the Imperial Tobacco Company and old city library. Source: imperialcentre.org.
The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount NC. It is located on the former sites of the Imperial Tobacco Company and old city library. Source: imperialcentre.org.

The Maria V. Howard Arts Center at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will hold a series of programs as an extension of its exhibit, “Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina.” The exhibit in on display until August 13, 2021 and highlights Green Book listings specific to Rocky Mount.

When African-Americans traveled during the Jim Crow era, they often were turned away from staying at certain hotels and eating at particular restaurants. The Green Book was published yearly from 1937-1967 and listed black-owned businesses and black friendly businesses across the country.

This past Monday, Vannette Pittman Woods spoke about her experiences growing up in her family business, the Lincoln Park Motel and Restaurant.

Mrs. Pittman Woods will be joined on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 1pm, by Angela Bryant. The two will read from “Ruth and the Green Book,” and lead a discussion geared toward children.

On Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 6:30pm, Bryant will talk about her family’s business, the Wright’s Motel and Chick Shack.

All programs will be held at Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, NC.

See what’s going on at the Imperial Centre at imperialcentre.org or call 252.972.1175.

 

Source: Jessie Nunery, City of Rocky Mount

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