Author and Cultural Documentarian Candacy Taylor to speak Feb 20

Award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian, Candacy Taylor is the St. Joe County Public Library’s Black History Month author. She will speak Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. in the Leighton Auditorium at the Community Learning Center. Admission is free, but registration is requested.

Taylor is the author of Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America. She is also the curator and content specialist for a three-year touring exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Since Taylor began researching the Green Book in 2013, she has cataloged over 10,000 Green Book listings, scouted over 6,000 Green Book sites in 48 states, and photographed over 200 Green Book properties. Taylor’s work has been commissioned and funded by The Library of Congress, National Geographic, The American Council of Learned Societies, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Park Service, and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

“Published during the period of Jim Crow Segregation, the various editions of the Green Book identified establishments willing to serve blacks, ranging from hotels and restaurants to drug stores and gas stations. Candidacy Taylor’s The Overground Railroad carefully places these operations in their historical and geographic context, and provides a wealth of useful information…” 

—William Julius Wilson, Harvard University; author of The Truly Disadvantaged

Event sponsored by the
Muessel-Ellison Memorial Trust Foundation

Want to be in the know with the latest library news?