To move the Latimore Tourist Home to a focal point near James School Park so that it will be easily accessible to, and can be enjoyed by, the entire community.
To bring the Latimore Tourist Home back to its original charm when it was owned by Eugene and Cora.
To bring the Home back to life as a place that all may visit, use, and enjoy.
Many in our City are unfamiliar with the history of the Latimore Tourist Home. Many have never heard of “The Negro Motorist Green Book” and how vital it was to Black travelers during the time of segregation. “The Green Book,” as it’s usually called, was an absolute necessity between the 1930s and the 1960s. It enabled African Americans to travel safely; to know where they could stop for fuel, food, or to rest for the night. Cora and Eugene’s Latimore Tourist Home was the ONLY tourist home available between Little Rock and Fort Smith. The significance of what the Latimores did, and their story, needs to be remembered, cherished, and shared.
Saving the Latimore Tourist Home is an enormous undertaking. It will require many hours of manpower and many dollars to bring the vision to life. The Friends of the Latimore Tourist Home cannot accomplish these goals alone. We need the help of our neighbors, community members, and fellow citizens to do justice to the legacy of Eugene and Cora Latimore.
3D Laser Scans of the Latimore Tourist Home
In February 2021, the MYND Workshop, a Reality Capture Studio based in New York, conducted a 3-D laser scan survey of the The Latimore Tourist Home. These scans can be used to develop a relocation and preservation plan.