- 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
- Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- We Have Data on How it Changed
Method of Exclusion
Main Ethnic Group(s)
A Santa Fe librarian interviewed in 2003 confirmed
that the city had been sundown in its past. When
asked if it was still sundown, she answered “Hard to
tell.” When asked about the heavy Klan presence, she
hesitated, and then said “there’s rumors.” The city
welcomed Ku Klux Klan rallies into the 1980s.
In 2000, the city and the Anti-Defamation League
partnered to erect large signs reading “Santa Fe is no
place for hate.” In an article in the San Fransisco
chronicle, the reporter quoted a young resident of
Santa Fe as saying “I remember the other sign this
town used to have. It said – I won’t use the word – ‘If
you’re black, don’t let the sun set on you in Santa Fe.'”
The article went on to note that “although accounts
of that sign persist widely in local memory, it’s hard to
find someone who saw it or can put a date to it. What
has been documented is the KKK presence here in
1981, when white supremacists joined in a dispute
against Vietnamese shrimpers in the nearby Gulf of
Mexico. [Santa Fe] maintains a potent reputation for
hate in the more diverse neighboring cities.”