Magnolia House Foundation, Inc.

Purpose – History – Legacy


The Magnolia House Foundation, Inc. intends to restore and maintain the structure and operation of the historic motel. Once complete, an exact replica of the NC Green Book site and what it represents to the region can be properly documented. We plan to launch Magnolia’s On-Premise History Museum to meet the community where they are, utilizing innovative technology and programs. We also hope to share little known historical experiences and stories of the Triad’s African American history, thereby enhancing the community’s tourism experience, developing our youth, and creating jobs.

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Appearances In The Green Book


Between the years of 1955 and 1961, the Green Book listed The Historic Magnolia House, as one of five hotels consistently safe for Black travelers in Greensboro, North Carolina. During that time, patrons knew The Magnolia House by a few different names, including the “Magnolia Hotel” and “Magnolia Traveler’s Motel.” In 2015, the New York Public Library digitized copies of the Green Book for public use, making them accessible to view in our digital library. We have included copies of the 1955-1959, 1960, and 1961 editions of the Green Book.

Educational Resources

K-12 Materials, Digital Database & More

This collection of supplemental materials relates to The Historic Magnolia House, Gist Family, and Pass Family. Please feel free to download any of the available resources or contact The Historic Magnolia House for more information.

The Chitlin Circuit

African-American singers and musicians once toured the country on a beltway that connected a string of clubs specializing in R&B and soul. The pathway was called the Chitlin’ Circuit, after the famed African American dish rooted in Southern cultural heritage, similar to the artists and their music. Notable stops along the Chitlin Circuit included The Howard Theater in DC, The Royal Peacock in Atlanta, and The Ritz here in Greensboro. Numerous artists who played the Chitlin Circuit stayed at The Historic Magnolia House before their shows. Neighbors from around Gorrell Street share memories of James Brown playing ball with the kids, Joe Tex signing autographs, and numerous others partying with the locals. To learn more about the Chitlin Circuit view our interactive map below. Download our activity sheet to get an authentic feel for the music that brought the soul to The Historic Magnolia House.

Press Policies and News Releases

Use and Coverage of The Historic Magnolia House


We welcome and encourage visits from media working on assignment. Visitors may take photographs or make illustrations of The Historic Magnolia House and its grounds. By entering The Historic Magnolia House property you agree to these terms. Stay up-to-date with recent events, press releases, and online news about The Historic Magnolia House with our press tool below. For media inquiries and any other editorial concerns, please contact us via email.




Mark Kemp

Our State Magazine

Greensboro, NC


Something our community needs -juneteenth


  Dawn Kane

The News and Record

Greensboro, NC


Porch sessions at the house that soul built


  Katei Cranford 

YES! Weekly

Greensboro, NC


black is beautiful at the historic magnolia house


 Sayaka Matsuoka

Triad City Beat

Greensboro, NC