- Type of Place
- Metro Area
- Los Angeles/San Diego
- Politics c. 1860?
- Don’t Know
- Unions, Organized Labor?
- Don’t Know
Sundown Town Status
- Sundown Town in the Past?
- Was there an ordinance?
- Yes, Written Evidence
- Yes, Photo or Written Evidence
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Surely Not
Method of Exclusion
- Threat of Violence
- Police or Other Official Action
Main Ethnic Group(s)
When Inglewood broke in the 1960s, there was
rapid white flight out of the town. It is now racially
“I grew up in Inglewood. The KKK was active
there in the 1920s and apparently the city had an
ordinance which placed an 8 pm curfew on blacks. The
city was certainly virtually all white when I lived there
in the late 40s and the 50s.”
“I was born in Los Angeles, and raised near
Inglewood. I strongly recall my father telling me that
his sister lived in Inglewood, and no Negroes were
allowed to own property within the area of Inglewood.
This would be about 1948 or so.”
“When my sister graduated from Inglewood High
School in 1957 there was not one Afro American, not
one. The interesting irony is that the community is
now about 90% black, maybe higher. When she was in
high school the Town had signs posted that said that
“all blacks (or maybe it said negroes) must be out of
town by sunset”. When I asked my father (who is and
was a racist) what that sign meant, he said that the
city wanted to keep “those niggers” out of this nice,
clean town. One of his favorite sayings was “you give a
nigger a inch and they will take a mile” I heard this
statement over and over during my childhood. It
upset me then, as it does now.”