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    Places of Refuge: The Dresser Trunk Project @ Columbia U

    Jessica Coleman
    Nov 19, '08 12:30 AM EST

    So last night I went to Columbia's lecture about spatial boundaries and Jim Crow Segregation. From 1936-1967 the Green Book was a guide for traveling Black performers and where they could stay throughout the North and South. Eleven cities were represented in a trunk, showing the history of each town from Newark to New Orleans.

    I enjoyed the event and learned more about my heritage and background. Although my family migrated to the Midwest in pursuit of manufacturing jobs, I still have family in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Arkansas.

    Newark which is the focus of my thesis was featured by Mabel Wilson. The Hotel Coleman opened in 1944 featuring a lively hotel as a refuge for Black musicians that were prohibited to stay in White owned hotels. Unfortunately, it no longer exists, but it's collective memory lives on through the trunk exhibition.

    The exhibition is at UPenn until Nov 23rd. If I have the time this week, I would like to go see it because I think it is well worth the trip.

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