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The first-ever mobile travel guide to South Carolina African-American cultural sites, the Green Book of South Carolina, has been launched by the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, offering residents and visitors from around the world a user-friendly guide to discovering and celebrating enriching cultural experiences across the state at

Research indicates that a majority of African-Americans in the United States have ancestral connections to South Carolina, and the Green Book of South Carolina provides an online travel tool with which diverse audiences from around the world can plan their ultimate, customized itineraries across South Carolina at

Designed with the mobile user in mind, this new international tourism tool has the fresh, easily accessible web interface of a travel app, featuring 300+ cultural attractions across all 46 counties in South Carolina.

"This is one of the first statewide mobile travel guides to African-American cultural destinations to be produced by a state anywhere in the U.S.," says S.C. Senator Vincent Sheheen. "It is positioned to increase even further the $2.4 billion annual economic impact of African-American tourism in our state."

The Green Book of S.C. is a contemporary travel-planning tool that pays homage to the original Green Book, first published in 1936 by New York City postman Victor Green as an African-American travel guide to safe harbors and welcoming establishments across the United States. This contemporary homage features tourism destinations that impart a new Southern travel experience for all visitors via  

South Carolina is one of only two states in the nation with an African American Heritage Commission.

"The richness of South Carolina is related to the diversity of our citizenship, and it's incredibly important that we acknowledge the role that the African American community has played in the development of our state," says former S.C. Governor Jim Hodges.

"The Green Book of South Carolina helps expand the impact of our state's $20.2 billion tourism industry," notes Dawn Dawson-House, director of corporate communications at the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and key adviser to the project. "The guide is essential to planning group events during family reunions, weddings and conventions in South Carolina."

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