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Tulsa in Tulsa County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Green Book

Tulsa's Historic Route 66

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
1. The Green Book Marker
Inscription.  Route 66 and the businesses that lined the Mother Road reflected American culture of the period. A free-spirited sense of adventure and opportunity was part of American life, but there was also very serious racial discrimination. African American travelers in particular faced significantly limited options when it came time to eat, stop for the night, fuel up or service their car. While Route 66 maps and travel guides were widely available, they did not accurately reflect the options available to African American travelers.

Between 1936 and 1964, postal worker Victor H. Green published "the Green Book" (officially the Negro Motorist Green Book or the Negro Traveler's Green Book) to help African American travelers find welcoming businesses on the road away from home. The guide included hotels and tourist homes, restaurants, and service stations, as well as beauty parlors and beauty shops, tailors, night clubs, and more.

During the heyday of Route 66, Tulsa was a segregated city with an African American commercial district located on Greenwood Avenue just north of downtown. As you might expect, most of the Tulsa businesses
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
2. The Green Book Marker
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mentioned in the Green Book were in Greenwood, but there was one establishment along Route 66. Mince's Service Station at the northwest-corner of 2nd and Elgin appeared in the directory from 1939 (the first year Oklahoma was included) through 1952.
 
Erected 2019 by Tulsa Route 66 Commission. (Marker Number 17.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1936.
 
Location. 36° 9.36′ N, 95° 59.23′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is on East 2nd Street west of South Elgin Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 E 2nd St, Tulsa OK 74120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blue Dome District (a few steps from this marker); Philtower Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pentane (C5H12) Molecular Model (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tower of Reconciliation and Healing Walkway (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oklahoma Natural Gas Company Building
The Green Book Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
3. The Green Book Marker
Outside Red's Bar
(approx. 0.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church Centennial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
 
More about this marker. Unlike most of the markers in this series (Tulsa's Route 66), this did not have a map to go with it (in 2021).
 
Also see . . .  The Negro Motorist Green Book on Wikipedia. From 1936 to 1966, this was published annually, mostly targeting middle-class African Americans. (Submitted on April 7, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 7, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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