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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Amherst

New York

Basic Information

Type of Place
Suburb
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950 33744
1960 62837 79 94
1970 93929 445 720
1980
1990
2000 116510 104018 4544 6079 146 1579
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Unknown

Comments

Email 4/2008
Amherst is definitely NOT a sundown town. Although there is not a large black population, it’s still Buffalo’s most racially and culturally integrated suburban community.

The majority of African-Americans in Amherst live in the Willowridge, Eggertsville, Snyder and Maple-North Forest neighborhoods; all middle-class to high income areas. There is some hostility towards the presence of a small apartment complex in the Eggertsville neighborhood (Allenhurst Apartments), where most tenants are moderate-income African-Americans.

James Hecht, Because It Is Right (Boston: Little, Brown, 1970), 23:

Relates the story of Rev. Paul Smith, who bought a house, December, 1963. Whites organized a meeting against his move, but he moved in anyway.

Amherst Resident:

%u201CI live in East Amherst, NY, a small suburb of Buffalo. Amherst, right next door, has been voted “The Safest City in America” for several years running but the org that is responsible for this escapes me right now. Anyway, it is rumored that the Amherst Police “pull over” any young, non white motorists that drive through. I’ve been told by black guys that I work with that they will drive far out of their way to avoid going through Amherst.