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Brighton

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
1960
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
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000 35588 30639 1315 2892 35
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

There are two towns and a CDP named Brighton in New York state. This entry refers to the Brighton in Monroe County.

“Negro Physicist to Acquire Disputed Brighton
Property,” Rochester Times-Union, 8/30/1960.

Story in Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, 8/30/1960, 5 families in the neighborhood contributed to a fund to buy the house out from under the physicist’s offer with $500 more. Other families met with the black family to pledge support, though.

A neighbor of the Roselawn neighborhood in Brighton asserted that houses were not supposed to be sold to those of an “undesirable race or character.”