BLACK HISTORY IN LAS VEGAS: THE HARRISON GUEST HOUSE

The Green Book
The Negro Motorist Green Book detailing accommodations that would welcome African Americans in the 1950s

What was it like to visit Las Vegas as an African American in 1952?

Click here for the video about Black History in Las Vegas – this follows the fictional character Ernest Abraham Lincoln as he travels with his family to Las Vegas in 1952, and what he experiences when he gets there.

Click here for the Black History Trunk study guide – this provides an overview of the artifacts in the trunk and how to explore this history.

Nat King Cole
Las Vegas was a segregated city, so after Nat King Cole had performed on the Las Vegas Strip he was not allowed to stay at the casino. He would stay at the Harrison House in Westside, Las Vegas.
Huntridge Theatre
The Huntridge Theatre – the first non segregated theatre in Las Vegas