- Type of Place
- Independent City or Town
- Metro Area
- Politics c. 1860?
- Unions, Organized Labor?
Sundown Town Status
- Confirmed Sundown Town?
- Was there an ordinance?
- Don't Know
- Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People
Method of Exclusion
- Threat of Violence
- Private Bad Behavior
Main Ethnic Group(s)
Several long time residents tell of a sign reading
“Nigger, Don’t Let The Sun Set On You in Oildale”,
which was removed in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
A former high school teacher in Oildale heard that the
sign stood until the 1970s. This same teacher had a
black male student who chose to live with family
members in another state rather than live in Oildale,
and a black female student who had no friends in the
local high school. The teacher has noticed an “in bred
culture of racism”.
Another resident reports that until 1998, “nigger
don’t let the sun go down on you here” was
spraypainted on the back of a billboard.
“I remember my grandfather not being able to
find work as a black college educated man, my
mother’s stories of signs re: not serving blacks, jews,
“Several of the red neck type patients told me to
steer clear of that town. They told me of a cross
burning on… a black man’s lawn. He apparently was
married to an Asian. I was also told that the sundown
law still applied. It was rumoured that the sign,
warning blacks, was still standing but boldly I drove
into the town on didn’t see anything like that… I
always felt afraid to venture too far off the 5 freeway
in the entire Bakersfield area.”
-woman who worked at a CA clinic in 1994