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Speakers to bring experiences from Rocky Mount Green Book locations

Rocky Mount, N.C. – 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 will be displayed until Aug. 13 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 19371967 and listed blackowned businesses and black friendly businesses across
the country.

On Monday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m., Vannette Pittman Woods will speak about her experiences growing up in her family business, the Lincoln Park Motel and Restaurant. Mrs. Pittman Woods will be joined at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 by Angela Bryant. The two will read from “Ruth and the Green Book,” and lead a discussion geared toward children. At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, Bryant will talk about her family’s business, the Wright’s Motel and Chick Shack.

All programs will be held at the Imperial Centre. Call 972-1175 for more information.

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