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Green Book researcher Frank Norris presents, Courageous Motorists: African American Pioneers on Route 66.


As part of the Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 in Bloomington-Normal on Saturday, July 20, at 1:30 p.m. the McLean County Museum of History will host retired historian for the National Park Service, Frank Norris, will present Courageous Motorists: African American Pioneers on Route 66. Driving on Route 66 suggests the freedom of the open road, the chance to discover America behind the wheel, and the fascination of heading out west. However, the recent motion picture The Green Book suggests, African Americans during the Jim Crow era could not drive on either Route 66 or other American roads without navigating a hostile world in which most motels, restaurants, and other roadside services refused service to them. Norris’s presentation will show what it was like for African Americans to drive west on Route 66, and how that experience changed over the years as the west developed and racial attitudes began to change

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Saturday, July 20, 2019
1:30 pm

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McLean County Museum of History 200 North Main Bloomington IL 61701 3098270428
http://www.mchistory.org

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