Martinique Lewis, host of National Geographic’s Black Travel Across America, visited NW Jacksonville to explore urban travel destinations. She’s reimaging tourism. Her documentary based on “The Negro Motorist Green Book” was released on Disney+ in February and now Jacksonville is part of her latest expedition.
She’s looking for a way to make travel more inclusive and redefine Black tourism. Not just for the traveler but for the businesses, hotels and restaurants along the journey. For the past 4 days Martinique has visited some of Jacksonville’s most popular Black historic sites and restaurants. She met with Ju’Coby Pittman, CEO of the Clara White Mission and White Harvest Farms to learn about Historic Moncrief Springs and Lavilla. Pittman has led the oldest Black social services program in the city for 30 years, which includes a museum, a farm, a feeding program and housing facility for Veterans. Martinique got a VIP tour of the mission and farm led by Pittman and historian Adonnica Toler.
Martinique published The ABC Travel Green Book in 2020 with hopes to expose travelers to sites like White Harvest Farms to show that Black communities can be desirable travel destinations for recreation, culture and exciting dining experiences.
To watch Martinique’s documentary, you can live stream it on Disney+ and Hulu.
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