- 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
- Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Don’t Know
Method of Exclusion
Main Ethnic Group(s)
“One last ‘rumor’ that I often heard was that Pasadena, TX had a sign that warned blacks, but used a much more derogatory term, to be out when the sun went down. Ironically, if this is true, Pasadena’s population today is probably 50%, or more, minority.”
A Washington Post reported interviewed a black man who had moved to Pasadena a “neighbor came over and asked, ‘When are you moving out?’ The man,
bemused, replied, ‘We just moved in.’ The neighbor replied, ‘I didn’t ask when you moved in, I asked when
are you moving out?'” At least one dead cat was thrown on the families lawn. They lasted six months.
I was a police officer in Pasadena for three years (1966-69) There were no signs at that time.
I once stopped a black man for speeding, and introduced myself in the usual manner, “Good evening, sir, I’m Officer Haire with the Pasadena Police…”
“Oh, lawd. I’m in Pasadena? Please, let me go, an I promise that I’ll never come back.”
On another occasion I had finished booking a prisoner in the Harris County jail, and returned to my paddy wagon just as a black trusty was moving it away from the loading dock.
I got into the passenger seat, and jokingly said, “Home, James.”
He replied, “Man, I’d rather spend the rest of my life in the Harris County Jail than ten minutes in Pasadena, Texas.”
An interracial couple moved in briefly, and were harassed by police every time they left the house.
I was personally never involved in harassment.