#TheRootTrip: Not Much to See at the Evans Tourist Home ... Unless You Surprise a Neighbor

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This is the Evans Tourist Home in Fort Worth, Texas, listed in the 1957 Negro Travelers’ Green Book. I wasn’t able to find out much about the person who lived here, and honestly, there’s nothing particularly exceptional about this house. It’s just a regular house, now turned into a duplex, in a historic black district of Fort Worth. That’s just about it.

Oh ... by the way, did I mention that when I knocked on the door of one of the houses on the street to see if I could get a bit of background info, a 70-something-year-old man answered wearing nothing but a half-opened robe? Yeah, that happened.


“Sorry sir, wrong house.”

But then again, when you come to someone’s home unannounced, you get what you get. I’m pretty sure that black travelers had to deal with the same element of surprise ... fully clothed, hopefully.


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