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Auto Museum Shares Black History With “The Negro Motorist Green Book”

During the month of June, the California Automobile Museum plans to highlight the important connection between the automobile and black history, migration, and upward mobility along with how “The Negro Motorist Green Book” was instrumental in helping black Americans travel safely during a time of segregation in the south (1930s through the mid-1960s). Authored by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green, the all-important Green Book was once a helpful guide to services, areas and places (e.g. restaurants, lodging, gas stations, etc.) friendly to African Americans during a time of racial discrimination. 

To help Museum guests helps better understand the important role the automobile and the Green Book played during a pivotal time in American history, the California Automobile Museum will present the following special activities: 

Story Time with WNBA Star Ruthie Bolton – Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m.

As part of the continuing Story Time book reading activity for children that happens on the first Saturday each month, local WNBA star Ruthie Bolton will be a celebrity reader in June. Bolton will read Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Gwen Strauss, a story about the travels of an African American family in the 1950s when a young girl named Ruth learned about the Jim Crow Laws and how The Green Book helped the family travel safely on their adventure.

Talking Shop: Dr. Shirley Moore & Film Screening – Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m.

Aptly scheduled on Juneteenth (an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas), the California Automobile Museum will present a special film screening of Motoring Over Story: On the Road with the Green Book Guide that was produced by Sac State Creative Services for Donner Memorial State Park and is focused on African American road travel. Additionally, the Museum will host a special discussion with Dr. Shirley Moore, Professor Emeritus of History at CSU Sacramento on African American westward migration in the 19th century. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; event starts at 6 p.m.  Complimentary snacks and an adults-only bar will be provided (for donation) to guests ages 21 and over.

Story Time activities are included with regular Museum admission: $10 for adults, $9 for vintage (ages 65+), $5 for youth (ages 6-18), and free for children 5 and under. Special Talking Shop evening events cost $12 per person and are free for members. 

For more information about these special events and activities or the California Automobile Museum in general, please call 916-442-6802 or visit www.CalAutoMuseum.org.

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Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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