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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.


New Jersey

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1930 1474 1474 0
1970 18829 18778 1
1980 16699 16604 0 6 19
1990 14629 14316 15 6
2000 14597 13956 44 402 2
2010 14756 13766 124 15

Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion
  • Threat of Violence
  • Violence Towards Newcomers
  • Police or Other Official Action
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black
  • Jewish
  • Other


Former NJ resident:

When I lived in New Jersey one of my friends (of Italian descent) was from Clark, NJ and told us that blacks driving in Clark after sundown were routinely stopped by police for being “dark after dark.” Clark was residentially all white. This was in 1980.

Long-time Black resident of neighboring town of Westfield:

“There was an African-American couple in Westfield who actually helped us a lot as we were getting settled into Westfield. They used to tell stories about Clark and especially about the White Diamond. The KKK used to have meetings there. We don’t know if it was folklore or true, but nobody ever checked. We didn’t challenge it. We were told to make sure that you were not anywhere near Clark when it started getting dark. When they would have friends that were coming into Westfield, they told them to drive around. If you were coming off the parkway, you would probably get off in Cranford and then come into Westfield instead of going through Clark. If you did go to Clark, you made sure you followed every single speed limit possible. I have no idea how it started, but I know that I passed it down to my kids. It didn’t help — I want to say it was in the 1990s — when a Black family moved into Clark, and then they had a cross burned in front of their house.”

Former NJ Resident:

“Growing up near there, my parents told us to be careful when driving through Clark because the police didn’t like Jews and were known to hassle them. This was in the 1980s.”