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This location/address (602 Raleigh St.) is listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book (1940 and 1954 editions), and this exact listing was described as a "tourist home" and was called "Traveler's Inn." This means that an actual establishment may still exist or could have been demolished and/or altered over time, but an establishment did in fact exist in this area at one time and it provided service to Black American travelers during the era of Jim Crow laws. The NMGB was necessary due to the prevalence of racial discrimination and the lack of knowledge available to the Black community informing them of remaining segregated businesses and towns; however, the book itself was an empowering tool for the Black community which enabled mobility and also provided safety for those traveling throughout the United States.


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