Lagniappe: 'Green Book' Explores Black Pianist 1962 Tour Of The South

Aug 26, 2021

In 1962 a black pianist hired a white chauffer and took off to play music in the South. The film Green Book explores life during Jim Crow and offers a look at the times.

The Negro Motorist Green Book began publication in 1936. It detailed safe places for black motorist to stay and eat while travelling.  Black pianist Don Shirley gave a copy to his white chauffer Frank 'Tony Lip' Vallelonga before they set out on the eight week musical tour. 

The film Green Book is being presented in Monroe on Saturday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m at The Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum.  The Smithsonian Institute and Exxon are presenting sponsors.