Black History Month: Traveling While Black During Jim Crow

Travel in America really started to flourish in the mid-20th century, as cars became more common and roads got better. But for many black Americans, traveling wasn't as easy as picking a destination and hitting the road.

This was the era of Jim Crow and the civil rights movement, and there were potential land mines everywhere for black travelers, from hotels and businesses that would turn them away, to "sundown towns," where being out after dark meant risking arrest, beatings or worse.

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