Top Greensboro Historic Inn | Learn about Black History Shoebox Meals

Magnolia's Shoebox Meal℠
Education Program

recreating the black travelers historical dining experience

Black History Education Classes, field trips, and Lunch N Learns

During Jim Crow, black travelers frequently carried shoebox meals a means of staying safe when a Green Book site was not readily available. Although the Green Book provided safe places to eat, restaurants and safe places to stop could be few and far between. To keep their families safe, black women prepared shoe box meals. These meals frequently packaged in shoe boxes held foods that were less likely to spoil or require utensils. Meals generally included fried chicken, boiled or devilled eggs, fruit and vegetables, and pound cake.

While the Green Book and shoe box lunches became potent symbols of segregation and black resistance, they grew obsolete as African Americans secured civil rights in the 1960s. Nevertheless, they reflect the ingenuity and creativity black Americans used to survive in an oppressive society.

Today, we’re excited to offer updated shoebox mealss to safely bring history to your Classroom, Organization, or Onsite at Magnolia House for a Lunch N Learn!