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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.

Quincy

Massachusetts

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Don’t Know

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 32,642 45
1920
1930
1940
1950 83,835 30
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000
2010 92,271 5,024
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Email from a longtime resident:
“I lived in Quincy, MA for 6 years (1953-1959), three in the neighborhood of Wollaston (a large area that encompasses some verty very wealthy folk and a blue collar neighborhood I lived in (Calumet off Vassall Sts.), and three 3 in Snug Harbor, a low-income project in Germantown. In both, I have no memory of ever seeing any African-Ameriucan children in either of the elementary schjools I attended (Francis W. Parker and Snug Harbor Elementary). Some time in Wollaston (1953-1956), my father, a jazz musician, had some of his musician friends over one night for some jamming. Most of the musicians involved were black. The next day, a delegation of neighbors (not very many, but I have no memory of this except from what my mother told me many years later) cam by to register their disapproval that my father had blacks in their neighborhood after dark. It’s entirely possible they or even one had spent the night. It never occured to me that Quincy may have been a sundown town, or that
perhaps some neighborhoods may have been.”