- Type of Place
- Metro Area
- Bay Area
- Politics c. 1860?
- Unions, Organized Labor?
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
Method of Exclusion
- Police or Other Official Action
- Private Bad Behavior
Main Ethnic Group(s)
“It wasn’t until a few years ago my father told me,
that we were NOT the first black family to move into
Mill Valley. We were the second. The first was a
family from San Francisco. He left one Sunday to visit
his relatives in the city and when he came back he
found his house burned to the ground. Fire Chief
called it Arson.
“My mother threatened a realtor to sell to us and
we moved into Mill Valley. The neighbors offered to
buy us out but we gained acceptance from the Jewish,
Catholic and Gay Neighbors and the rest fell in line. A
few years later there was a rash of burglaries in the
neighborhood the police told the neighbors to ‘look no
further then [us]’ as we were the only house not
affected. Many of our neighbors did not buy it and told
mom who complained to the sheriff and received an
apology. It was found to be white kids up the street
and we did not get hit as we had nothing to steal.
“Even after that my older brother still couldn’t go
jogging through the neighborhood without someone
calling the police on him.
“My High School was integrated but never got
more then 15% Black, but to the rest of county you
would think we were a world class ghetto, we were
known as the Black school and referred to as the
‘niggers from Tam’… White students were often asked
how could they go there and how many times where
they mugged or raped…
“To this day I do not go to Mill Valley unless I
have to, visit friends and such. I get pulled over by the
-former African American resident of Mill Valley, 2005