Black & Tan Hall’s Green Book Tour Comes to Life at Grand Launch Event

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“The House of the Rising Sun,” a traditional folk song made most famous in 1964 by the band The Animals, bellowed through Chiyo’s Garden in the Chinatown-International District. On the stage stood a young musical apprentice. Through his technical range and vocal discipline, this student transported everyone in the audience. It was this and many other live performances during the opening ceremony of Black & Tan Hall’s “Seattle Green Book Self-Guided Tour ”that moved our bodies and took us back to that time period between 1936 and 1966, a time when the Green Book symbolized the Bible to Black folks traveling throughout the United States. The Green Book gave travelers the knowledge of which businesses, cities, and states would be accepting of them and their money while traveling to their final destinations.

Troy Landrum Jr. is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and is currently a program producer for KUOW’s “Radioactive” program. He has spent the past few years as a bookseller at Third Place Books in Seward Park and recently graduated with a masters in fine arts at the University of Washington, Bothell. Follow Troy on Twitter at @TroyLandrumJr.

📸 Featured Image: Ben Hunter (left) and Reggie Garrett (right) perform both classic blues and some of their own songs outside the Theater Off Jackson during the Grand Launch event for the Seattle Green Book Tour on Sunday, March 27, 2022. The Theater Off Jackson is next to the former site of the Golden West Hotel, which in 1939 was the only location in Seattle listed in the Green Book. (Photo: Susan Fried)

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