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A Conversation with Candacy Taylor

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | All Events (see all)

Join us virtually on Tuesday, July 20th, for a deep-dive into the legacy and history of the Green Book in the Pacific Northwest with Candacy Taylor, author of the bestselling book Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America, and moderators Stephanie Johnson-Toliver and Jackie Peterson.


Candacy Taylor has been a national keynote speaker for 15 years. She has traveled over 500,000 miles documenting American culture and is an award-winning author and photographer who has been producing transmedia projects for over 20 years. Her multimedia presentations feature what she has learned about race, gender, class, culture, and identity on America’s main streets, urban enclaves, and rural byways.

Taylor is the curator and content specialist for Negro Motorist Green Book, a 3500 square foot exhibition that is being toured by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) from 2020 to 2024. Taylor’s projects have been funded by numerous organizations including, The Library of Congress, National Geographic, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Park Service, and The National Trust. Her work has been featured in over 80 media outlets and she was awarded a fellowship from the Hutchins Center at Harvard University under the direction of Henry Louis Gates Jr. Click here to learn more about Taylor and her projects.


Stephanie Johnson-Toliver is President at the Black Heritage Society of Washington State (BHS) where she leads a dedicated Board of Directors who are committed to uphold the Society’s mission to preserve and share the history of Black people from across the region. BHS holds the largest public collection of memorabilia that archives the lives and professional contributions of individuals, families, and organizations whose legacies contribute to the vitality of Washington State. The Society is an institutional partner at the Museum of History & Industry for more than twenty years and manages its collections at a shared repository in Seattle, WA. In addition to directing collections management and guiding preservation work, Stephanie understands and accepts the expectation of BHS members and history keepers to advance the Society as a community stakeholder.

Stephanie is liaison to Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and Department of Transportation as leader for placemaking initiatives at the Historic Central Area Arts & Cultural District. Her passion to remain a community advocate for historic legacies is solidly rooted in Stephanie’s own family history as a fourth generation Seattleite.


Jackie Peterson is an independent museum consultant with a focus on exhibit development, curation and writing for history museums, historic sites and other cultural institutions. With over twelve years of exhibits experience, she has worked nationally with museums, communities and stakeholders to uncover and illuminate meaningful stories to create authentic, truthful and enlightening exhibitions. Jackie leverages the power of language and narrative to create exhibitions that attest to the nuances of our human experience, spark conversation and bring people together. Much of Jackie’s independent work has focused on storytelling through exhibitions highlighting the experiences and lives of African Americans in Washington State. Prior to pursuing an independent consulting career, Jackie served as a content developer and coordinator at the exhibition design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates Inc. in New York. Jackie is passionate about equity in the museum field and grounds her work in the framework of diversity, access, equity and inclusion (DEAI). She serves on the steering committee for Museums & Race, an initiative that seeks equity and justice for people of color in the museum field, and is a member of the Empathetic Museum, a working group for advancing Institutional Transformation. 

Cost: Free

Registration is now closed for this event. Please visit Historic Seattle’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 5:30 pm PDT to watch the Livestream. A recording of the program will be available on our YouTube channel through Tuesday, August 2, 2021.

The Zoom link will be emailed 1-2 days in advance of the event. If you do not receive the event confirmation email, please contact Taelore Rhoden, Community Events Manager, at

Historic Seattle’s virtual programming is funded in part by a grant from the Eldridge Campbell Stockton Fund for Washington of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.



July 20, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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