- 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?
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People
Method of Exclusion
Main Ethnic Group(s)
email message 1/11/08:
As I remember, Pendleton used to be a sundown town, way back when.
Since my family lived there, and we have no ancestry there, it was not an acting sundown town, that I know of. It was, however, extremely dominated by white people.
In the course of being a part of the South Madison Community Schools for more than 12 years, I saw only a handful of black people join the community, and they usually quickly left.
I can’t remember any instances of them being forced to leave or experiencing hate crimes or violence, but I’m sure being that small of a minority was enough.
Older people do remember when the town had signs up that specified that black people were not allowed in town after dark, but I couldn’t tell you which older people told me that, as I heard these things as a child (Now I’m not so sure I’m being helpful to you at all!).
I think if you studied the population figures for Pendleton you would find around 10 or less black people there at any given time, confirming what I said about the black people in my school system. It is strange, however, because just down Interstate 69 (one exit north to be exact) is the city line for Anderson, which has a fairly mixed population.