- Type of Place
- Independent City or Town
- Metro Area
- Politics c. 1860?
- Unions, Organized Labor?
Sundown Town Status
- Sundown Town in the Past?
- Was there an ordinance?
- Don't Know
- Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People
Method of Exclusion
- Private Bad Behavior
Main Ethnic Group(s)
Approximately 200 years ago “Miwoks [local
Native tribe] were shot like squirrels if they were not
linked to a [white] family… More recently, Grass Valley
had a sign on highway that stood until the 1960’s. It
read something like, ‘if you are black, don’t let the sun
go down on your back.'”
-local resident, 2005
One resident reports that in the early 1970s, she
was walking with a white friend and saw two teenage
boys yell “get out of town, nigger” at a well-dressed
black man also walking.
A caller to a radio show reported seeing a
sundown sign in Grass Valley in 1975.