- 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?
- Don't Know
- Don’t Know
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Surely Not
Method of Exclusion
- Police or Other Official Action
Main Ethnic Group(s)
“San Marino had an ordinance prohibiting all but
‘residents’ from inhabiting their parks. This was so
that ‘Mexicans’ couldn’t have picnics there.”
“San Marino, one of the richest cities in the
country, closes its parks on weekends to make sure
the neighboring Asian and Latin communities are
excluded. A plan is being considered to reopen the
parks on Saturdays only to residents (with proof of
“I grew up in a little town called San Marino, a
classic all white suburb. There were no blacks in San
Marino, and there were no Jews. They kept Jews out of
San Marino by asking, ‘What’s the maiden name of
your mother?’ The real estate people had a conspiracy.
As with blacks, Jews in your neighborhood were
supposed to make property values drop.”
90 of the 108 black residents in 1940 and 19 of
the 24 in 1970 were female, suggesting the black
population was mostly live-in domestic workers.