This interesting exhibition at The Fullerton Art Museum chronicled how black musicians in the Jim Crow South traveled from town to town to play their music. The Green Book listed the safe places for them to eat and spend the night. A place not in that book presented great danger to life and limb – literally!
Early blues artists had a difficult time getting their songs performed. To this blues fan, I am grateful for their perseverance. Their blues legacy is alive and well.
Some towns were called “Sundowners”. If you weren’t out of that town by sundown, no telling what calamity would befall you if you were black.
The Other Thing – That sad and terrible time in our U.S history is reflected in much of the blues music we still hear today. Have we learned how to better treat our fellow man?