Wednesday September 18, 2019

Hidden Figures of the Green Book

- $30-35

The Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society is pleased to present a lecture and book signing by noted author and playwright Calvin Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey will discuss the creation and history of The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for African Americans during the Jim Crow Period that mapped the places where they would be allowed to eat, lodge, and enter establishments in segregated America. The book was originated and then published from 1936 to 1966 by African American, New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green. 

Among his books and plays, Clavin Ramsey has written a very popular children’s book, Ruth and the Green Book, as well as a play called The Green Book. The film, also entitled The Green Book, chronicles the travels of a black singer and his white chauffeur. The film was released in 2018 and received three Academy Awards including Best Picture in 2019.

7pm Doors | 7:30pm Lecture
Reception and Book Signing to Follow

This is the first annual fundraising event held by the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society. The WJHCS, under the leadership of Ms. Shirley Satterfield, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the proud history of African American Life and Contributions in the town of Princeton. 


In advance
Tickets are available in advance by mailing or delivering a check payable to “WJHCS”  at

190 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ

At the door
Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08542

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