Monthly Event

Historic Preservation, Public Memory and Social Justice


Thursday, March 5, 2020

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Center for Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch Street


At its core, historic preservation is about storytelling. Whose story is told and whose story is preserved? The built environment reflects racial inequalities. Places associated with African American history and culture typically lack architectural significance. But these unadorned places matter. They hold stories of faith, resistance and triumph. “The Negro Motorist Green Book” tells the story of the architecture of segregation. Green Book businesses were clustered in African American neighborhoods. In the wake of Philadelphia’s development boom, the invisible map of safe and welcoming places is now a map of gentrification, displacement and erasure of black presence from public memory.

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Faye M. Anderson

Faye M. Anderson is the founder of All That Philly Jazz, a public history project that is documenting Philadelphia’s lost jazz shrines and the social history of jazz. Faye is also the director of Green Book Philadelphia which breathes life into businesses advertised in “The Negro Motorist Green Book.” The travel guide helped African Americans navigate Jim Crow laws in the South and racial segregation in the North. Her Green Book walking tour is included in Airbnb Experiences.