Author Talk and Book Signing with Candacy Taylor 1

Author Talk and Book Signing with Candacy Taylor

Leading Green Book Scholar and Cultural Documentarian; accompanied by the African American Writers Alliance
  • Dates:
    May 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Ages:
    All ages
  • Where:
    Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA, 98402
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  • Accessibility:

    The History Museum is mobility accessible with ramps and elevators. Wheelchairs are available via the admissions desk.

Author Talk and Book Signing with Candacy Taylor, Leading Green Book Scholar, accompanied by the African American Writers Alliance
Thursday, May 19, 6:00-8:00 PM

Meet scholar Candacy Taylor, whose book Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America formed the basis for the Smithsonian exhibition that is on view this spring at the Washington State History Museum. Taylor’s research included driving the routes listed in every Green Book published between 1936 and 1966! She has recently written and published a young adult version of the book, too.

The event will be held in the museum’s auditorium beginning at 6:00 PM with members of Seattle’s African American Writers Alliance reading their original written responses to passages from Overground Railroad; Then, Candacy Taylor will take the stage to talk about her Green Book quest, and bringing the Black past alive. She will be in conversation with Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, president of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, and Jackie Peterson, a Seattle-based exhibit developer and curator.
Afterward, guests will have an opportunity to have books signed. Overground Railroad will be available for purchase ($35.00), and visitors are welcome to bring their own copies of Taylor’s books as well.

The Washington State Historical Society will distribute 100 free copies of the youth version of Overground Railroad to young readers and families on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Negro Motorist Green Book was created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with Candacy Taylor and made possible through the generous support of Exxon Mobil Corporation. This exhibition has been locally supported by ArtsFund, Humanities Washington, and KNKX Public Radio. Public programming for the exhibition is supported by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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