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Cee-Jay Jones Jr.

Cee-Jay Jones Jr.

Cee-Jay Jones Jr. came to New York City after serving in the Marines in World War II and got a job with the postal service. Here, he describes his job and how he first discovered Oak Bluffs. After his first trip, he returned every year, rooming with friends and acquaintances.icon_itunes.gif Listen to the clip.

Vera Shorter


 

Vera Shorter

Vera Shorter describes how she and her husband fell in love with Martha’s Vineyard on their first visit.icon_itunes.gifListen to the clip.

 

 

 

Valerie Cunningham

Valerie Cunningham, who worked as a maid at Rock Rest in Kittery, Maine, describes the guests she encountered there and the lasting impressions they made. icon_itunes.gifListen to the clip.


Cummings House Guest Register

Cummings Guest House guest register
Guest register from the Cummings House in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Courtesy African American Collection of Maine, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.

This guestbook page shows the importance of word of mouth as well as print advertising. Groups of visitors from the same community and even the same street arrived together. The occasional guest from further afield probably found out about the guest house in The Negro Motorist Green Book.

Credit: African American Collection of Maine, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries. View full size.

 

 

 

 

 


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