Events \\ Presentation

The Green Book Project: Journey Through the South

Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 1-2:30 pm

Join journalist Alvin Hall and photographer Jonathan Calm for a discussion of their 2016 BBC Radio 4 documentary project The Green Book.

A guide published annually between 1936 and 1967, Victor Hugo Green’s The Negro Motorist Green Book helped black travelers find safe and welcoming businesses during an era of virulent racism and segregation. Inspired by this guide, Hall and Calm undertook a road trip from Tallahassee, Florida (near Hall’s hometown), to Ferguson, Missouri, recording in both photographs and sounds the histories and experiences of black Americans as they navigated the cultural, political and physical landscape of the American South.

At PEM, Hall and Calm will discuss the making of this documentary project and present other related projects, including Calm’s 2018 exhibition, African-American Automobility: The Dangerous Freedom of the Open Road, and excerpts from Hall’s memoir (in progress) about growing up in the South.

Offered in conjunction with Sally Mann, A Thousand Crossings. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience and a reception.


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