Victor sat in a dark coffee shop mulling over his plan. Water had flooded the floor making the tiles as slick and shiny as the varnished wooden table he shared with his postal worker friends.
The burst pipe had caused a distraction, and cacophonous chatter filled his ears, but he was not averted from his thoughts or the conversation. He wanted to hear what his friends thought of his idea.
He opened the prototype of his green book. It was only a few pages long but contained important information.
Each took their turn at saying, “Victor, you must do this!”
Though this 100 word story for Friday Fictioneers is a work of fiction, Victor was a real person.
Victor H. Green was a New York postal worker and publisher of The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide that outlined hotels, restaurants and other facilities where people of colour were welcomed during the years before the civil rights act.
The book was published between 1936 and 1967 with a goal to keep African Americans safe on the road at a time in U.S. history when road travel was popular, and black people were not.
You may read more about Victor H. Green and the Green Book here The Green Book Are We There Yet – Girl in Niagara
Victor’s Green Book also initiated Green Book an Oscar winning movie.
Friday Fictioneers is a place for flash fiction brought to us by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Visit Rochelle’s site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.
This week’s Friday Fictioneer photo prompt from Anne Higa.
Feature Image from The New York Public Library, Digital Collection.