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    Sunday, June 16, 2024

    "The Green Book,” New London-style

    Map of the locations of boarding houses and hotels in New London mentioned in the Green Book between the 1930s and 1960s. The Green Book listed locations where African-Americans were welcome, including lodging facilities and restaurants. (Courtesy of Tom Schuch)

    Amateur historian and Niantic resident Tom Schuch, a native New Londoner, takes us on a mind-bending spin through some of southeastern Connecticut’s hidden history, including local sites found in the Green Book, the listing of places where African Americans were likely to be served during an era of Jim Crow laws and discrimination between the 1930s and 1960s. He also talks about the black educator Ichabod Pease, the story of Civil War-era firebrand John Brown and a local connection to famed writer and orator W.E.B. Dubois.

    The cover of a Green Book published in 1967. (Courtesyt of Tom Schuch)
    A listing of all Green Book locations for New London giving the years each location was mentioned. (Courtesy of Tom Schuch)

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