Candacy Taylor is an award-winning cultural documentarian, photographer, and the author of the bestselling book, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America (Abrams Books). Taylor is also the curator of The Negro Motorist Green Book exhibition which is being toured to 13 museums by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) from 2020 to 2025.
Taylor was a fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University under the direction of Henry Louis Gates Jr., and she is a National Geographic Explorer. Her projects have been funded by numerous organizations including, The Library of Congress, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Park Service, and The National Trust.
Overground Railroad was chosen as the New York Times’ most notable books of the year list and made the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Liberation Reading List, Oprah Magazine’s top 26 travel books, and National Geographic’s top 10 list of books by women. Taylor’s work has been featured in over 80 media outlets including AFAR, The Atlantic, CBS Sunday Morning, Condé Nast, The Economist, The Guardian UK, Ms. Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, PBS Newshour, Time Magazine, Viceland, and The Wall St. Journal.