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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Pleasantville

New York

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920 3,590 42
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000 7,172 233
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

“In the 1990s, I was told outright by an elderly woman who worked in the town to “not let the sun go down me” in Pleasantville, NY. She also was very frightened at the prospect of me jogging in the evenings, and told me outright that I was “not supposed to do that in Pleasantville”. Her reaction was so strong that I did not jog there. I do not know when this town was settled, but I do know that in the 1990s, it was understood among Black workers in Pleasantville that they should not be out after dark in Pleasantville, NY.”